Charles Knight 'Rochester Castle - interior', from Old England
(Charles Knight & Co, 1845)     25x17.5 cm

Rochester castle

In June 1838 Charles Knight registered his 'Patent Illuminated Printing' whereby wood or metal relief blocks, or both, sometimes up to 16 in number, were placed on a rotating table and successively brought into alignment with the paper before the ink had time to dry between each colour printing. Effective results were achieved, as seen here in the ragged dark brown stones which frame the delicate, lighter arches and columns which fade into the background. Although these prints reached a wide market, Knight was unable to maintain his success.