Vintage print of Ripon Cathedral by John Bangay with water color washes in the style of hand colored engravings of the 1800s (see all 9 photos). It is professionally matted, framed and all ready to hang. This print is less than 40 years old and the artist’s name is given in the lower right corner while the name of the cathedral is provided in the lower left corner (see Photos 7 and 8). A search of the artist’s name and work yielded a few more insights. Mr Bangay is a local artist who has produces prints of important structures and old buildings in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and surrounding areas. He also produced a calendar for Lincolnshire with drawing printed in sepia on cream colored paper for the year 2002. This print appears to be produced from an engraving although one would need to remove it from the frame to be sure. But since it is matted and properly sealed, verification of exactly how the print was produced is not complete.
Ripon Cathedral is a important structure that is nearly 1,000 years old with a heritage extending back even farther into antiquity. The cathedral as seen depicted here is the result of the Normans rebuilding a previous structure that had been destroyed in their invasion some time after 1066 CE (Common Era aka AD). The current structure was started in 1080 under the authority of Archbishop Thomas of Bayeux. Further extensive construction was initiated in 1181 under Roger de Ponte l’Eveque resulting in the structure largely as seen today. However, until 1836, the building was simply a large and impressive sanctuary lacking the full power of a diocese. In that year, the church was officially named a Cathedral when it became the official seat of the Bishop of Ripon with a command over the territory stretching from Leeds to Teesdale and forming the Diocese of Ripon. This event was notable since it was the first Diocese to be created since the Reformation.
The name Ripon had been used far back in antiquity and refers to the people who lived in the local area well before 700 AD. The name can be traced back through the Domesday Book of 1089, and farther still through Onripum in 890 and Hrypis and Hripis in 715 AD. Ripon settlement had an Anglo-Saxon monastery founded in 657 AD by monks from Melrose in North Northumbria and which today is now Scotland. When the Northumbrian country folk converted from following Celtic beliefs to Roman Christianity, the monks at Ripon monastery refused to change and were evicted in 671 AD. The monastery was then given to St Wilfrid who was the Bishop of York. The history of St. Wilfrid and the earlier churches at Ripon are well beyond the focus of this listing. Wilfrid started construction of a new church at Ripon in 672 AD away from the monastery and employed stonemasons, plasterers and glaziers from Italy and France with an intent to copy the basilicas of Rome.
The engraving listed here shows the Cathedral at Ripon as it is in the 20th century. There is a brick structure in the foreground and a smaller residence at the far right in this view. Neatly constructed stone walls occupy the immediate foreground. The ink on this print is dark sepia brown and the paper is heavy wove paper. The frame is solid, nicely gilded and may be made of a composite material added over wood. The print is skillfully matted with a fully intact and sealed backing and a small metal loop ready for hanging. So if you are looking for a nice fully framed and matted print of an old English Cathedral that is ready to hang on a wall or place on a shelf, mantle or counter, then make sure you seriously consider this one while it is still available. And as always, this framed print also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy (see complete Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE & CONDITION: The frame measures 8 7/8 inches by 7 1/16 inches and is about 11/16 inches thick. The image visible within the matting is 6 by 4 1/4 inches (see Photos). The frame, matting and backing are in excellent condition with no major issues or stains. The glass is clean and not scratched and the item comes from owners who did not smoke. And if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this framed print for a refund (see our complete return policy for all details as noted below).
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