John Collingwood Bruce Online!


Hob’s recent post on TMA give the impression that he has Bruce’s book on his desk! I was very much impressed by the quality of the drawings and look forward to more. Many thanks for sharing them with us, Hob!

J. Collingwoods Bruce (1805-1892) most popular work was “Handbook to the Roman Wall“, first published in 1863, but his “Incised Markings on Stone Found In the County of Northumberland, Argyllshire and Other Places” (1869) , with drawings made in 1863-4, is now rare and very expensive.

The Roughting Linn drawings is dated 1869 and the Chatton one 1863. Which one is right or are they from different publications?




3 Responses to John Collingwood Bruce Online!

  1. rockartuk says:

    We created a new collection on BRAC for JCB’s lithos:

  2. rockartuk says:

    Cheers Hob! Did you scan the lithos or did you use your camera as with the Tate book?
    Anyway, they are great indeed and obviously the “end-production” resulting from the “gutta percha” moulds taken by Bruce and drawn to a possitive by David Mossman, first in rough black-white sketches (as can be seen in Alnwick Castle) and later in to lithographs. Must have been a hell of a lot of work but, as said, with splendid result.

    Don’t worry to much over the dates; the book was published in 1869 but the drawings/lithos were made from of 1863. So individual lithos could be dated when finished, e.g. 1865, and finally used in the 1869 book.

    Thanks again and I’m looking forward to your postings!

    Bye for now,


  3. Hobson says:

    I wish I had a copy on me desk Jan! Ye gawds yes I do. Though I shudder to think how much the thing costs, even if one was ever up for sale.

    I managed to finally persuade the people in the Lit and Phil Library in Newcastle to go down to the depths of the Bolbec Building and haul it upstairs for a hour. And when I say haul, I mean *haul*. It’s a big book. But gorgeous. Some of the finest Lithography I’ve ever seen, the images look like original charcoal and chalk on vellum, just superb.

    The Chatton image is from Tate’s ‘Ancient Sculptured Rocks’, plate ten, “reduced from sketches made in 1859”.

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