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GLAHA 54213

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GLAHM 54213: 'The East Prospect of the Giant's Causeway' 1743/4 - click to view larger image

"The East Prospect of the Giant's Causeway" 1743/4

etching and engraving

CRE VIVARES, Francois; (French; 1709-1780) AFTER DRURY, Susanna; (Irish; 18th century) PUB BOYDELL, John

printed in black on laid paper
41.9 x 68.7
NFA assisted purchase. Although Susanna Drury is an obscure artist, Vivares' engravings after her pair of views of the Giant's Causeway made a considerable contribution to the progress of earth science in general, and of ideas on the origins of basalt rock. The two engravings appeared in London in 1743, three years after S. Drury was awarded a premium by the Dublin Society for her watercolours of the Giant's Causeway. François Vivares, one of the most able landscape engravers then working in England, was the first to produce a printed image of this remarkable basalt structure accurate enough to be used by geologists. As travel was difficult for natural historians of the 18th century, Vivares' prints became a source of reference for scientists as well as must have curiosities for members of the public. This work was purchased to replace a lost impression which belonged to Dr WiIlliam Hunter and used to hang on the staircase on the Hunterian Museum in the Old College building (Laskey, 1813, p. 74). Hunter also possessed two specimens of basalt from the causeway.

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