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DEVON BIDEFORD TOWN BRIDGE & HARBOUR Townsend Besley Antique Vintage Print c1860

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BIDEFORD

Devon

A very fine steel engraved antique print, a vignette view of the town of Bideford with its waterfront and bridge.

Drawn by George Townsend and published circa 1860 by Henry Besley, South Street, Exeter, for

" VIEWS IN DEVON".

Fine, virtually unmarked condition, blank verso. Credited beneath the image.

Measuring approx. 10" x 6.5" ( 260mm x 170mm) overall

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Henry Besley was one of the most innovative printers in Exeter during the mid 19th century. Henry's father Thomas had established his printing office in South Street , Exeter in the late 1790s. He was also a bookseller and bookbinder who continued his father's business printing directories, route books and handbooks that provided an account of the sights visible from the newly constructed railway lines.

George Townsend was a local Devon artist who made meticulous pencil sketches that were then copied by unnamed engravers

TZZ 10 18

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A GENUINE ANTIQUE PRINT GUARANTEED OVER 150 YEARS OLD FROM LINDISFARNE PRINTS


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