Monday, 17 May 2010

Landscape engravings

I mentioned yesterday that I found the most wonderful book last week - "Landscape Illustrations of the Bible, consisting of Views of the most Remarkable Places mentioned in the Old and New Testament". What a mouthful, eh?

Such amazing illustrations though. Some of the original paintings/sketches were produced by rather famous artists, like Turner for example, and were then engraved by the Finden Brothers. I wanted to find out a little bit more about the book, googled it and found a book site which was selling the individual engravings from a broken copy of the book. I nearly fell of my chair. They were selling at $90 and $100 dollars each! Well, the two I looked at, I was too shocked after that to look for more, lol. I loved the book as soon as I saw it, but had no idea it was that valuable.

Anyway, I promised to scan some images for you, so here you go.

And now I had better get back to doing something productive, lol. I have been thinking about making seaside themed tags for a while and been trying to find some nice images, but didn't have much luck. Was looking for some bathing beauties, couldn't find the right ones, so in the end I went with sea creatures instead. I found some fabulous stamps in the local antiques market and scanned those in. Really want to do those today. Also have to do some packaging up, my lovely lovely oh so French inkstand is going overseas along with some of those fabulous antique French keys! AND I still have to finish the apron for Sarah's apron swap! Will it leave me with enough doggie cuddle time??? OF COURSE, nothing can stop that, lol.

Toodlepip xxx


Kim from The Sheep's Nest said...

Hello Lizzie Lu! I have missed you. I've been missing in action a bit here, but just went back and read all your posts since coming back from France. I always enjoy you posts and wonderful pictures. They just make me smile. Thanks for starting my day off with beautiful images and friendly chatter. hugs,Kim

Brynwood Needleworks said...

My dear! These are just the most wonderful images. Thank you so much for sharing them!

Thanks also for visiting Brynwood. I always love your company and comments.

Have a great week.

Serenata said...

Those engravings really are lovely! Glad to hear you are Sarah's swap partner :-) Can't wait to see what you make each other!

Floss said...

These are great - and how incredible to think what they might be worth! Sometimes I wonder if things at these prices actually sell - I bought a French lunchbox for 2€ yesterday and KNOW I've seend them (in better condition) for about 50 dollars on American sites - but I know I wouldn't get that much for it... And frankly, this one's a keeper, because it's greeny-blue...

Sarah said...

I just read your passage about the stamps and the keys and thought how lovely tags would look with an old key attached.

And how wonderful to have such a beautiful book in your hands. And even nicer to know how valuable it is!

Catherine said...

These engravings are exquisite. Thanks so much for sharing them! How wonderful that this book went home with you because you loved it! :)

Debby said...

WOW!!!! These are amazing.

Annie @ Birdcages n Butterflies x said...

Love these hunny, thanks so much for sharing!!
What specific kind of images are you after hun? I'll see if I have anything for you x
Annie x

*Ulrike* said...

They knew how to make things beautiful back then, didn't they? Plus that was a great find!