The font at St Swithin’s Church, Ashmanhaugh


Between 1811 and 1818 John Sell Cotman published a series of etchings depicting the architectural antiquities of his native county, Norfolk.  Produced after his own drawings, the etchings were accompanied by descriptions anonymously authored by his antiquarian patron, Dawson Turner. This particular Cotman etching of the font at St Swithin’s Church in Ashmanhaugh was selected by Turner to extra-illustrate Blomefield’s An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk (1805-10).

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Vol. I.includes:f. 173 Heydon family; of Baconsthorpe: Pedigree of, to temp. Eliz
1 December 1813
John Sell Cotman
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British Library
Add MS 23024, f.64

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