Edward John Burrow etching; 1898 ; Rugby School
'The Island, Rugby School'
Artist pencil signed
- Related Products
Rugby School, Close.
Across the Close from School House stands this Bronze Age burial mound, which was formerly known as the Island, surrounded until 1847 by a six-metre wide moat. It was here in 1797 that the Great Rebellion took place and that certain pupils, having blown the door off the Head Master’s classroom and burned their books on the Close, retreated and drew up the drawbridge behind them. Only when the local militia closed in with pikes and muskets did they yield. The Riot Act was read and some boys were expelled – some later to become renowned military leaders.
Edward John Burrow; 1869 - 1935, Originally trained as a chemist and pharmacist, Edward was born in Somerset and studied at Cheltenham College, later settling in the spa town. Active as a topographical etcher and draughtsman, he established a cooperative publishing business in Cheltenham in 1900.
A very fine etching which is bright and unfaded in dark brown ink with fine detail and plate toning. The image size measuring approximately 24 cms. x 16 cms. (9½ x 6½ ins.) within a strong platemark and impression on a wove paper sheet size 32 cms x 25 cms.(12½ x 10 ins.)
Signed, titled and dated in the image and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin.
Unframed and unmounted, the condition of the image and the sheet is good with handling marks condusive with age.