Dropping Well, Knaresborough.
Printed for and Sold by Rich.d Lee, at the Dropping Well. [n.d., c.1800.]
Rare engraving with small margins. Platemark: 187 x 250mm (7¼ x 9¾"). Light handling creases to sheet. Contemporary dedication or ownership inscription in ink to top left corner of sheet "Mary".
An engraved tourist's souvenir. A view of the famous petrifying well at Knaresborough, near Harrogate, Yorkshire, known as the 'Dropping Well', with the river Nidd and ruins of Knaresborough Castle in the background to the left. Objects placed underneath the limestone rich waters of the spring are 'petrified', giving them a stone like appearance. Mother Shipton's cave, said to be the dwelling of Ursula Southeil, (c.1488 - 1561) who foretold modern events and phenomena, is part of the same attraction and has been open to the public since the 17th century. Engraved by etcher and copperplate printer Christopher Lee, who traded from addresses in Leeds from 1791 to 1811. He may have supplied the engraved plates for transfer-printed decoration on 'Black or Blue Ware' manufactured by the Leeds pottery.
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