Antiquities Of Great Britain Illustrated In Views Of Monasteries, Castles, and Churches, Now Existing. Engraved from Drawings made by Thomas Hearne.
RA Collection: Book
Most plates carry the publisher's imprint - in the first volume, of T. Hearne and W. Byrne (with dates of publication, from 1778 to 1786); in the second volume, of W. Byrne (with dates of publication, from 1796 to 1804) or , in the case of the last four plates, of Cadell and Davies (with the date of publication 1806). The second volume was 'Printed For T. Cadell and W. Davies, Strand'.
ESTC, T140692 [Vol. 1]
The notes to the views are given in English and in French.
A pupil of William Woollett, Hearne spent the years from 1771 to 1775 in the Caribbean, but on his return specialised in British topography. He toured Britain with Sir George Beaumont before producing his The Antiquities of Great Britain, and afterwards illustrated Richard Payne Knight's The Landscape (1794). Between 1785 and 1793 he exhibited at the Royal Academy.
RA Treasurer's Account Book 1768-1795, [between 30 June and 29 September] 1786: 'Herne & Birnes Views £7 9s.' (subscription).
20 February 1804: 'Resolved, that the following be purchased for the Library of the Royal Academy - viz. 2nd Vol: of Herne, & Byrnes Antiquities, Smith's Views in Italy - & 2 N.os of Polyautotopography' [sic] (RA Council Minutes III, 254).
RA Account Book 1796-1820, 'Abstract of Bills ... Christmas 1803 to Lady Day 1804': 'Two Volumes [i.e. vol. II] of Hearnes Antiquities 6 Numbers Proofs £7 10. 0.' [NB this actually refers to Farington's reimbursement for the Academy's subscription to vol. II.]
Views - Great Britain - 18th century - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century - 19th century
William Byrne, engraver, publisher
James Phillips, printer
James Heath ARA, draughtsman
Joseph Farington RA, source artist
Edward Edwards ARA, source artist
Sir George Beaumont, source artist
John Landseer ARA, engraver
Samuel Middiman, engraver
William Watts, engraver
William Woollett, engraver
Michael Angelo Rooker ARA, engraver
William Ellis, engraver
Thomas Medland, engraver
Benjamin Thomas Pouncy, engraver
Wilson Lowry, engraver
Thomas Cadell the elder, publisher
William Davies, publisher
Cadell and Davies (London), publisher