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Drawings Silver lanx from Corbridge, Northumberland

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Shaftoe, William - Artist
Vander Gucht, Gerhard - Engraver

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Height: 455mm
Width: 520mm


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To the Most Noble Prince CHARLES Duke of SOMERSET and Earl of HERTFORD, Viscount and baron Beauchamp, de Hæche, Baron Seymour of Trobridge Lord of the honours of Cockermouth and Petworth, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Kt. of ye most noble order of the Garter, and one of ye Lds. of his Majesties most Honble. Privy Councell &c.

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This Print being an exact representation of that most Curious and valuable piece of Antiquity in Bass Reliefe in Silver weighing abt.148: Ounces found in ye year 1735: Buried in ye Sands by the River of Tyne, in your Grace's Mannor of Corbridge in ye County of Northumberland, Suposed to have been made use of in some of the Sacrifices to some Heathen Deity and to have been done above 2000: Years, which represents the Figures of Vesta, Apollo, Ceres, Minerva, and Diana, with Hieroglyphicks &c Is most humbly Dedicated by yr Graces most Dutyfull, most Obedient Humble Servt.
Wm. Shaftoe.

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Drawn from the Original Peice [sic] of Plate by Wm. Shaftoe, which Peice [sic] of Plate is 20 Inches by 15.

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These letters were Prick't on................the Back of ye Silver Plate.

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Published Pursuant to an Act of Parliament ye 31st of May 1736.


Reference (free text)

J M C Toynbee, Art in Roman Britain (London: Phaidon Press, 1962), p. 172 (cat. 108).Illustration (Photograph), pl. 121.

Reference (free text)

John Collingwood Bruce, ed., A Descriptive Catalogue of Antiquities, Chiefly British, at Alnwick Castle (Newcastle upon Tyne, 1880), p.136, no. 745. Illustration, plate between pp. 136 and 137.

Reference (free text)

T W Potter, Roman Britain (London: British Museum Press, 1997), p. 81. Illustration, fig. 76, p. 81.

Reference (free text)

Bill Wyman and Richard Havers, Bill Wyman's Treasure Islands: Britain's History Uncovered (Stroud: Sutton, 2005), p. 87. Illustration, p. 87.
    Drawing by William Shaftoe of a late Roman lanx or platter discovered in Corbridge in 1735. The drawing was subsequently engraved by Gerard Van der Gucht in order to produce engraved prints, which could be purchased by subscription.