Daniel King - The Priory of Finchale in the Bishoprick of Durham - 1656
Etching - paper 27 x 34 cm / image 16.7 x 28.8 cm - signed 'Dan.King delin et sculp' bottom left in plate
Good condition - three small tears on top edge outside platemark, slight wear
Unframed - Price: £90
DANIEL KING was born in 1664, the son of a baker in Chester. He became a friend and associate of Wenceslaus Hollar, engraving much in Hollar’s style. Tragically, he made an unfortunate marriage and, after his wife had robbed and left him, he died heartbroken near York House in the Strand, London, in 1664.
Like the Buck brothers King’s main work was topographical renditions of historic buildings. His work can be detailed and is often delicately executed, as one can see in this fine etching of Finchale Priory. It is ideally suited to capture the elements of gothic detail, and is curiously evocative of the state of English religious buildings before their restoration in the nineteenth century.
Inscription top left: Finchelente Coenobrum in Episcopate Dunelmensi. The Priory of Finchale in the Bishoprick of Durham’. Inscription top right: Structores Lugeo qui fuerint monfirmes Thomas Lambton de South Biddicl Ar: de Comit: Dunelm’ set below family coat of arms.