Grasmere Church, etching by David Law (1831-1902)

by David Murray on 21 January 2010

in Grasmere, Paintings/Prints

The picture below of St. Oswald’s Church, Grasmere, is new to me today. This morning I was looking around one of the sites that I sometimes promote as a source of wall posters when I spotted a set of etchings that I’d never previously noticed.

St. Oswald's Church Grasmere Cumbria
Grasmere Church, etching by David Law

David Law (1831-1902) was a nineteenth century Scottish engraver and watercolourist. In his youth he served an apprenticeship as a steel engraver and was for many years employed as a map engraver in the Ordnance Survey.  In mid-life he decided to focus on artistic work and by his early forties was a frequent exhibitor at major art exhibitions throughout the UK. He was often commissioned to produce etchings for leading British art publications.

Among David Law’s etchings were several beautiful Lake District landscapes, especially in the Grasmere and Rydal area.

Framed copies are available by clicking here or on the picture above. These are “restrike etchings”, that is additional impressions from etched plates which survived intact after the original edition was published, in this case more than a century ago. The prints are hand-coloured to create high quality collector’s items.

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