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Wilson Lowry FRS (1762-1824) - 18th Century Engraving, St Michael's Mount


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An engraving with hand colouring depicting St Michael's Mount in Cornwall. Published by Alexander Hogg in 'The Antiquities of England and Wales Displayed' in 1795. Signed and inscribed with the publication information in plate to the lower edge. On laid.


There is some foxing, discolouration, and some marks to the surface.


12 x 16cm (4.7" x 6.3")

Artist Biography

Wilson Lowry FRS (1762-1824) was an English engraver. He was born at Whitehaven, Cumberland, the son of Strickland Lowry, a portrait painter. The family settled in Worcester, and Wilson Lowry, as a boy, left home to work as a house painter in London and Arundel, Sussex. On returning home is received some instruction in engraving from a local craftsman.

He went to London at the age of 18 with an introduction to the printseller John Boydell, who gave him work and introduced him to William Blizzard, the surgeon. Blizzard encouraged Lowry to become a surgeon and for four years he undertook training, but abandoned it. Lowry studied under John Browne, the landscape engraver and also received training at the Royal Academy. Lowry developed a number of special instruments to assist his work: about 1790 he devised a ruling machine; in 1801 a device for generating elliptical curves; in 1806 another for making perspective drawings. Lowry was the first engraver to use diamond points and to discover the composition of a corrosive fluid for biting the lines into steel plates.

Lowry specialised in making engraving of architectural and mechanical topics, and excelled in perspective views of machinery. His work appears in Tilloch's Philosophical Magazine, and the Journal of the Society of Arts, Wilkins's Magna Graecia (1807), and Vitruvius (1812), Peter Nicholson's Principles of Architecture (1795-98), and Architectural Dictionary (1819), George Crabb's Technological Dictionary (1823), and the Encyclopaedia Metropolitana. Lowry's most famous work in this field was undoubtedly the work he did for Rees's Cyclopaedia between 1802 and 1819, including contributing articles, but did work for other encyclopaedias including Pantologia and the British Encyclopedia, or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. Lowry was a founder member of the Geological Society and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1812.


Saint Michael's Mount, Marazion, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom

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Code qs265
Artist Wilson Lowry FRS (1762-1824)
Date 18th Century
Dimensions 12 x 16cm
Medium Engraving
Style Realism
Subject Seascape & Coastal
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