William Camden Clarenceux
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William Camden, head and shoulders in an oval, wearing a chain and cap; frontispiece to his 'Britannia'. William Camden (1551-1623) was an English historian and antiquary who devoted himself to the study of the antiquities of Britain, travelling round the country visiting sites. The results of his work were brought together in the Britannia, first published in 1586 then much reissued and augmented over the following two centuries. Robert White (1645-1703) was a draughtsman and engraver. Born in London and apprenticed to David Loggan, whose position as the leading line engraver for the print trade he later inherited. His output was huge, and in fact has never been fully documented. White's principal activity was as a portrait engraver. He usually engraved these from his own drawings, made from life in black lead on vellum; in this case, obviously he had to copy from an earlier image. The majority of his portraits were made on commission from publishers who used them as frontispieces for books. As well as frontispieces, he engraved book-plates, almanacs and architectural views. His son, George White, was also an engraver.
region: Portraits and the Map Trade
mapmaker: R. White
place and date of publication: London c. 1695
medium and colour: Copperplate, Uncolouredref: 43620
size in mm: 300 by 200mm (11.75 by 7.75 inches).
Price: £ 200
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