This print was published in 1853 as part of a set of four lithographs depicting the Cathedral from different angles. In December 1853, the ‘Lincolnshire Chronicle’ reported:
‘Messrs. W. and B. Brooke, of Lincoln, have published four picturesque illustrations of Lincoln Cathedral. We have been favoured with the set, and more beautiful specimens of tinted lithography we have never seen. These illustrations are by the justly-celebrated F. Mackenzie, Esq., and have been selected from the galleries of the late Right Hon. Earl Brownlow, and R. Ellison, Esq., of Sudbrooke Holme… The thanks for all lovers of art, and especially of every Lincolnshire man proud of his cathedral (and who is not?) are due to Messrs. Brooke for producing, for a few shillings, such beautiful and interesting copies of Mackenzie’s views. Every county gentleman’s portfolio ought to contain the set … although, from the size of the prints, they are admirably adapted for framing.’
The print is dedicated to ‘The Right Honorable [sic] Earl Brownlow’, who owned the original watercolour by Mackenzie. John Cust, first Earl Brownlow was a British Peer and Tory politician. He served as Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire from 1809 to 1852.
Frederick Mackenzie trained as a pupil of architect John Adey Repton. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy at 16 and soon afterwards began working for antiquary and topographer John Britton, illustrating Britton’s publications. From 1813, he exhibited his work at the Society of Painters in Watercolours, showing 97 paintings there in total. His early exhibits were almost exclusively views of Oxford and Cambridge Colleges, while later exhibits were mainly English churches and cathedrals. He was elected a member of the Society in 1823 and served as its Treasurer from 1831. He also continued to illustrate books, three of which he published. In his 50s he married Mary Hine, a widow. He died at their home, near Regent’s Park, aged about 65.
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