This page, illustrated with a view of the ruins of Ogmore Castle in Wales, is from volume four of The Antiquities of England and Wales, written by antiquary Francis Grose (c.1731–1791). The small engravings of historical sites which illustrate Grose’s text have been described as ‘similar in character’ to works by Samuel Buck (1696–1779), who documented historical sites in England some 50 years earlier, between 1724 and 1725, and produced engravings with the help of his brother Nathaniel (died 1753–59).
The first part of Grose’s Antiquities appeared in 1772 and the last part in 1787. It was published by the bookseller and publisher Samuel Hooper. According to the text beneath the image, this illustration of Ogmore Castle was engraved after a drawing by Hooper.
Richard Bernard Godfrey, draughtsman and printmaker, was probably born in London. Little is known of his early life. He exhibited at the Society of Artists from 1765 to 1770. The majority of his works were book illustrations for London publishers, in particular topographical and antiquarian illustrations. His best-known works are for Francis Grose's ‘Antiquities of England and Wales’ (published 1772-87) and for the periodical ‘Antiquarian Repertory’ (published 1775-86), for which Godfrey was also the publisher and editor. He also worked for private individuals, including the author, politician, and patron of the arts Horace Walpole (1717-1797).
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