Antique steel line engraving of Wells Cathedral chapter house & East gate. from Winkle’s Cathedrals published in 1836-42.

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Published by Effingham Wilson & Charles Tilt

London, 1836-42

Drawn by H. Browne : Engraved by B. Winkles


An original steel line engraving with later hand colouring, from Winkles Architectural and Picturesque Illustrations of the Cathedral Churches of England and Wales. This was a work produced by Henry and Benjamin Winkles and was published in three volumes between 1829 and 1842. 

Henry Winkles was an engraver and printer who produced many architectural illustrations. This framed print of Wells Cathedral was engraved by Benjamin from a drawing by Hablot Knight Browne (also known as Dickens’ illustrator “Phiz”). The text was written by the great English antiquarian Thomas Moule, better known for his maps. Winkles’ Cathedrals proved to become a great inspiration for the Gothic Revival Movement.

The Cathedral Church of St Andrew was constructed in the C12th and C13th and was the first to be built in the Gothic style. This antique print shows a view of the north-east side of the cathedral including the C14th eight-sided Lady Chapel and central crossing tower. The large octagonal Chapter House is entered from a famous stone staircase, one branch of which leads through the upper storey of Chain Gate (Eastern) and leads to the Vicar’s Close, the oldest surviving medieval street in the country.

The antique print is in a very good clean condition and is available mounted in an ivory conservation quality mount and framed with a gold wood frame with acrylic glazing. Price – £35.00.

Approximate dimensions are:

Mount window: 180 x 145 mm

Frame overall size: 310 x 255 mm

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg