James Basire

James Basire engraving of Bishop’s Palace Exeter


50 x 33 cm (to plate mark)

Published by the Society of Antiquaries 23rd April 1796.

A member of the Society of Antiquaries, Basire specialised in architectural prints. He was appointed as engraver to the society, much of his finest works being found in their Vestuta Monumenta. Basire’s father Isaac was a cartographer, and both his son and grandson were called James and also worked for the society. William Blake was apprenticed to Basire for seven years.

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