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Britannia Depicta; A Series Of Views (With brief Descriptions) Of The Most Interesting And Picturesque Objects In Great Britain, Engraved From Drawings By Messrs. Farington, Turner, Hearne, Smith, Alexander, &c. - The Counties Alphabetically Arranged - Part II. Containing Nine Views in Cambridgeshire. -

RA Collection: Book

Record number



London:: Printed For T. Cadell And W. Davies, Strand. -, 1808.

Physical Description

[4 (incl. upper cover)], 9, [1] p., [9] pl.; 285×360 mm. (Oblong quarto.)


[T.p. = upper cover] - Advertisement - [Text] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

All plates are signed, as drawn by T. Hearne, F. Nash or W. Alexander and as engraved by S. Middiman, John Byrne, Wm. Byrne, Elizabeth Byrne or George Cooke.

Each carries the publishers' imprint of T. Cadell and W. Davies, and the date (4 May 1808).


D. Morris, Thomas Hearne and his landscape (1989). A study of Cadell and Davies was T. Besterman, The publishing firm of Cadell & Davies: select correspondence and accounts 1793-1836 (1938).

Summary Note

There is no title page; our title and imprint are taken from the upper cover. All plates carry the publication-date of 4 May 1808.

The plates are captioned, and show: [1] North east View of the Town of Cambridge; [2] Inside View of Kings College Chapel in Cambridge; taken from The West End; [3] N:W: View of St: Sepulchre's Church in Cambridge; [4] Inside View of St. Sepulchre's Church in Cambridge; [5] St. John's College, Cambridge; [6] South-West View of Ely; [7] Remains of the Ancient Conventual Church at Ely; [8] The Remains of Two Churches at Swaffham-Prior, as they appeared in June 1806; [9] South West View of Thorney Abbey Church.

The Advertisement states that 'The nine Views contained in this Second Part will serve to illustrate the First Part of the Second Volume (published at the same Time) of Magna Britannia; or, a concise Topographical Account of the several Counties of Great Britain, by the Rev. Daniel Lysons ... and Samuel Lysons ...', and lists the numbered pages next to which the nine plates should be bound in that work. It adds that 'The third and subsequent Parts of Britannia Depicta will be published regularly at the same periods as the continuation of the Magna Britannia ...'.

Binding Note

Original publisher's brown paper printed wrappers, the upper carrying the title and imprint (as above), the lower blank.


Landscapes (environments) - Architecture - Churches - Colleges - Great Britain - Cambridgeshire - Cambridge - Ely - History
Drawings - Landscapes (representations) - Great Britain - 19th century - Picturesque, the
Views - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century


Thomas Hearne, draughtsman
Frederick Nash, draughtsman
William Alexander, draughtsman
Samuel Middiman, engraver
John Byrne, engraver
William Byrne, engraver
Elizabeth Byrne, engraver
George Cooke, engraver
Cadell and Davies (London), publisher