Replication was part of topographical art and publishing: an example of an image by Paul Sandby being reused in different contexts is Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire. This is identified in Grose’s county index table for the Antiquities as by Sandby, but the letterpress accompanying the print (engraved and published by Godfrey on 2 January 1773) states only that ‘this view was taken in anno 1772’.
The same image is used for Carey Castle in Pembrokeshire, plate X of the first set of Sandby’s Views in Wales, executed in 1774 and published in 1775, and the Antiquarian Repertory (engraved and published by Godfrey, 1 October 1779).
A comparison between all three images suggests a common source, but different working practices: the Antiquities plate is a simpler image than that used in the Antiquarian Repertory, which suggests the use of an intermediary study (a reduction for the engraver by Francis Grose is held by the Society of Antiquaries of London), while Godfrey may have referred either to the ‘original’ drawing made during Sandby’s tour of Wales in 1772 or to the more finished 1775 aquatint for the Repertory plate. The date provided for when the view was taken was seen as important, presumably because the area may have ‘mouldered into dust’ since.
- Full title:
- Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire; Carey Castle in Pembrokeshire; Carew Castle
- 2 January 1773-1 October 1779, London
- Etching / Engraving / Aquatint / View
- Paul Sandby
- © British Library
- Usage terms
- Public Domain
- Held by
- British Library
- 677.g.4-9., Maps 6.TAB.11., 578.i.1,2.
- Article by:
- Felicity Myrone
- Country, Antiquarianism, Transforming topography
Felicity Myrone explores how the ‘placing’ of topography and the collections’ perceived status and current accessibility at the British Library is the result of complex and often unintentional sequences of events.