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ANTIQUE ENGRAVINGS

“FORT SAINT-ANTOINE A LA COROGNE” J. TAYLOR - R. WALLIS (PARÍS, 1826)

This repertoire of images is made up of around eight hundred engravings –etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, aquatints, as well as engravings in stone and metal - which show daily life, trades, cities and small towns, urban landscapes, festivals, folklore, social and historic events, scenes related to the sea and fishing, the arrival of the train to Galicia, the pilgrims undertaking the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, etc., as well as about forty five illustrations of the Apostle St. James from 1660 to 1900.

These engravings are -one by one- a faithful reflection of that time; all together, they show the evolution of the country and its people. Apart from their artistic character, we must mention their documentary value, which allows us to discover Galicia in the 19th century through the eyes of those artists and engravers from Spain and abroad who visited this country and that made it possible to create

a Dictionary of Artists –sketchers, engravers, printers and editors- with almost seven hundred entries. Names like Avendaño, Brocos, Carretero, Ávila, Gil Rey, Mayer, Villaamil, Meléndez, Guisasola or Cuevas -all of them born in Galicia or very connected to it, or Baldi, Ford, Vivian, Wigran, Mason or Bone, as part of those foreigners who visited us, are some of the artists that make up this collection.

From October, 19th to December, 2nd 2007 part of this collection was exhibited at the Colexio de Fonseca in Santiago de Compostela. A catalogue with about seven hundred images was published.