This beautiful antique engraving depicts the "South Front of Knowsley Hall," an ancient mansion on 2500 acres, seat of the Earls of Derby, in the county of Lancashire, England. The southern facing facade has double Doric columns and an inscription commemorating the beheading of James, Earl of Derby, in October 1651 by order of King Charles II. This information (and much more) and a print of the engraving are included in a book entitled "Lancashire Illustrated From Original Drawings" published in 1831-1832. The engraver of this work was J.B. Allen, it was drawn by J. Harwood and published by Fisher, Son & Co. in 1829. This data is printed under the caption in the bottom margin, along with "Lancashire" in the top right margin. Knowsley Hall is currently no longer the family home but is available for events such as weddings and conferences. (Check it out at www.knowsleyhallvenue.co.uk/Weddings)
Framed measurements are 12 inches by 10 inches and actual sight measurements of the engraving are 7 inches by 5 inches. The frame is 3/4 inch wide wood with both gold and lemon gilt finishes and beading on the inner edge of the frame. The wide mat is single cut in a charcoal color. The engraving is in excellent condition; the frame has a few nicks and scratches which look like intentional distressing and add to the vintage look. The dust paper on the back is intact and there is a hanging wire already installed. This is an elegant engraving in wonderful shape.