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Pont Aberglasslyn, Parish of Natmor, Wales, antique aquatint, fishermen, fishing, 1810

The Welsh bridge with a magical past

URV1

"Pont Aberglassslyn" (parish of Namor, Wales)

Original hand coloured aquatint etched by W. Pickett (flourished late 18th/early 19th century) from a drawing by Miss Smirke. Published by R. Bowyer, 87 Pall Mall, London c.1810 on Wove paper.
Pont Aberglaslyn is in the parish of Nantmor. From here to the sea, landowners have benefited significantly from the land reclamation made possible by the construction at Porthmadog in 1812 of the great embankment across the Traeth Mawr estuary, known as The Cob. Before the cob was built the Glaslyn estuary was tidal as far as Pont Aberglaslyn and the fisherman's path through the pass was used as a route to the coast. It gradually fell out of use and through erosion by the river, became impassable.

The Devil, Black Robin Magician and Welsh Folklore

Pont Aberglassyn has an intriguing connection, according to local folk lore, to the Devil. According to local folk lore the devil built the bridge on condition that he would receive the soul of the first living creature that crossed the river Glasslyn by use of it. Upon finishing the structure he went to the local Inn where, of course, he would find the local Magician, Robin Ddu, and inform him it was indeed complete. Robin Ddu, on his way to inspect the bridge, had managed to lure a local dog with a loaf of freshly baked bread. Once the bridge was in view he enquired of the Devil whether it was indeed sturdy enough to withstand the weight of the loaf carried never alone a living creature across it. The Devil was shocked and demanded the Magician throw his loaf onto the bridge upon which the dog chased it across the bridge thereby robbing the Devil of a human soul. The Magician returned to the Inn and finished his drink with satisfaction. Robin Ddu , also known and Black Robin the Magician, was a real character of history but as Robin Ddu ap Sciencyn Bledrydd of Anglesey around 1450. He was a poet but sometimes known as a prophetic poet and 90 or so original manuscripts have been preserved. He did however pretend to be a sorcerer or wizard at times and appears as a character in many Welsh tales.
Size of image/plate mark = 312mm x 235mm
Condition = slight paper discolouration wher previos mat boards have been. No foxing. Original hand colouring
Price = AUD$185

'the victoria tower, new houses of parliament', london, original chromolithograph, c.1859

URV2

"The Victoria Tower, New Houses of Parliament"(London)

Original chromolithograph drawn for The llustrated London News
This print has curved upper corners which are cropped by the scanner.
Published The London Illustrated News, London, February 26, 1856
Size of image = 215mm x 315mm
Condition = Excellent.
Price=AUD$70

'the clock tower, new houses of parliament', london, original chromolithograph, c.1859

URV3

"The Clock Tower, New Houses of Parliament" (London)

Original chromolithograph drawn for The llustrated London News
This print has curved upper corners which are cropped by the scanner.
Published The London Illustrated News, London, February 26, 1856
Size of image = 215mm x 315mm
Condition = Excellent.
Price=AUD$80

'boston church, lincolnshire' England, original chromolithograph, c.1859

URV3

"Boston Church, Lincolnshire" (London)

Original colour-printed wood engraving by George C. Leighton for The llustrated London News
This print has curved upper corners which are cropped by the scanner.
Published The London Illustrated News, London, October 18, 1856
Size of image = 215mm x 315mm
Condition = Excellent.
Price=AUD$60

Panoramic view of Montreal, Canada

CP1

"Montreal"-Panoramic view

Original chromolithograph by Williams Collin, Sons & Co.
Published Glasgow and Edinburgh, 1879.
Size of image 17cm x 22cm
Condition Excellent
AUD$60

Dublin, Ireland

CP2

"Panoramic View of Dublin "

Original chromolithograph by Williams Collin, Sons & Co. Published Glasgow and Edinburgh, 1879.
Size of image only 17cm x 22cm
Condition Excellent
AUD$60
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Brussles, Belgium

CP3

"Brussels"-Panoramic view

Original chromolithograph by Williams Collin, Sons & Co.
Published Glasgow and Edinburgh, 1879.
Size of image 17cm x 22cm
Condition Excellent
AUD$60

City of Brussels, Belgium

CP5

"City of Brussels"

Colour printed engraving of town plan highlighting Public(eg. transport denoted by red lines for tramways) and Notable buildings.
Published Letts Popular Atlas c.1882.
Size = 45cm x 31.5cm.
AUD$95

oxford university,jesus college

CP4

"Jesus College (Oxford, England)"

One of the thirty-five colleges in the University. Original copper engraving by S. Sparrow after J. Burford
Published London c.1820.
Size = 29cm x 44cm.
AUD$175

'Scene of Brussels, Belgium' Published London c.1877

CP6

"Brussels" (Belgium)

Original fine steel engraving by J Horsburgh after Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851).
Published London c.1877
Size = 14cm x 8.5cm.
Condition = light foxing
AUD$18

'Scene of Brussels, Belgium' Published London c.1877

CP7

"Milan"(Italy)

Original fine steel engraving by W. Miller after Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A. (1775-1851).
Published London c.1877
Size = 14cm x 8.5cm.
Condition = excellent
AUD$18

'Scene of Verona, Italy' Published London c.1877

CP8

"Verona"(Italy)

Original fine steel engraving by W. Miller after Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A. (1775-1851).
Published London c.1877
Size = 14cm x 8.5cm.
Condition = excellent with foxing on bottom edge of paper.
AUD$18

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