Antique steel line engraving of Wells cathedral (view from N transept) in Somerset from Winkle’s Cathedrals published in 1835.

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Published by Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange

London, Dec 1 1835

Drawn by R. Garland : Engraved by W. Woolnoth


An original print with later hand colouring from a steel line engraving, 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 antique print shows a view of the interior of Wells Cathedral (pl.31) and was engraved by William Woolnoth, from a drawing by the architect Robert Garland (1808-1863). Woolnoth was a landscape engraver and the elder brother of the portrait painter and engraver Thomas Woolnoth. 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 print shows a view from the north transept through the St Andrew’s Cross arches via the central tower with its Tudor fan vaulting, to the south transept. The tower was damaged by an earthquake in the C13th but when it was heightened the following century, the additional weight caused the tower to sink. The master mason William Joy braced the tower by the insertion of the distinctive ‘scissor’ arches (low arches topped by inverted arches). 

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

Approximate dimensions are:

Mount window: 130 x 190 mm

Frame overall size: 210 x 270 mm

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Weight 0.5 kg