From 1300 to 1549 Lincoln Cathedral was reported to be the tallest structure in the world, with a central spire 484 feet high, although the accuracy of this measurement is disputed. In 1549, the Cathedral lost its status as the tallest building when the central spire collapsed, never to be rebuilt. However, it remains the third largest cathedral in Britain, after St Paul’s in London and York Minster.
James Collins, draughtsman and line engraver of topographical and architectural views, was for at least part of his career based at Lynsted near Sittingbourne, Kent. His works include engravings of Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral, and views of Rochester and Chatham Dock. Collins usually worked on commissions for printsellers or booksellers, but occasionally published prints himself.
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