Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Paintings, Room 88a, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries

A Cross at Clearwell, Gloucestershire.

Print
early 19th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Who are Letitia Byrne (1779–1849) and Elizabeth Byrne (1784–1874)?
Born in England, made prints in England
Printmaking activity: about 1795–1830
Letitia and Elizabeth were daughters engraver of the William Byrne, who trained all his five children in the family workshop. Letitia and Elizabeth specialised in making etchings and engravings for the expansive book market, though they also exhibited watercolours at the annual London exhibitions. Despite their superior skills as printmakers, their brother John took over the family workshop after their father’s death in 1805. All the unmarried siblings continued to live and work together in London in the early 19th century.


Object details
Category
Object type
Materials and techniques
Engraving
Brief description
'A Cross at Clearwell, Gloucestershire.', engraving by Letitia Byrne after George Samuel, early-19th century.
Physical description
Print showing a view of a clearing with a monument, mounted on steps. In the right distance is a building. There are figures gathered about the scene.
Dimensions
  • Cut height: 16cm
  • Cut width: 20.2cm
Taken from 'Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1966' published by HMSO 1967
Style
Marks and inscriptions
'Drawn by G. Samuel. Etched by Letitia Byrne. A Cross at Clearwell, Gloucestershire.' (Lettered with title)
Gallery label
Like their father, Letitia and Elizabeth Byrne specialised in topographical engravings and etchings depicting England, Wales, Italy, and colonial India. They often produced these as book illustrations for larger commercial publishers on a freelance basis. In 1805, after her father’s death, Letitia Byrne did try to publish a series of topographical prints herself. The scheme failed, and she did not attempt to self-publish again.(2022)
Subject depicted
Place depicted
Summary
Who are Letitia Byrne (1779–1849) and Elizabeth Byrne (1784–1874)?

Born in England, made prints in England

Printmaking activity: about 1795–1830

Letitia and Elizabeth were daughters engraver of the William Byrne, who trained all his five children in the family workshop. Letitia and Elizabeth specialised in making etchings and engravings for the expansive book market, though they also exhibited watercolours at the annual London exhibitions. Despite their superior skills as printmakers, their brother John took over the family workshop after their father’s death in 1805. All the unmarried siblings continued to live and work together in London in the early 19th century.

Bibliographic reference
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1966 pub. HMSO 1967
Collection
Accession number
E.609-1966

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

Record createdJune 30, 2009
Record URL
Download as: JSONIIIF Manifest