1794 "Study of Universal Geography" Hand-Colored Engraving
An antique 1794 hand-colored copper plate engraving titled Britania, Instructed by Minerva in the Study of Universal Geography. The engraving was created by listed printer Alexander Hogg (1778-1819) after an original design by I. Wooding. The highly-detailed image depicts two figures and a lion surveying a large globe. This image is framed by an ornate tapestry-like series of embellishments. The words ‘Asia,’ ‘Europe,’ ‘America,’ and ‘Africa’ are written in these margins, and figures representing the people from each of these continents. The margin of the image contains depictions of globes, trumpets, flags, flowers, and angels. The artist’s name, engraver’s name, and title are printed in black in the lower margin. The print is double-matted in brown terrycloth and gilt, and is presented behind glass in a gilt frame. A wire is attached to the verso for hanging.
-consistent with age. Paper has light foxing, and light water damage across upper right corner. Light surface damage across frame, though some appears to be intentional.