An interesting 19th century wood engraving (with text) of Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire which was published in The Penny Magazine Of The Society For The Diffusion Of Useful Knowledge (London: Charles Knight, 1835).
‘The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge’ (S.D.U.K.), founded in 1826, was a philanthropist organisation established with the purpose of supplying the public with accessable and affordable educational material. The 19th century had, as a result of both the agricultural and industrial revolution, seen an increase in population, urbanisation and literacy. These resulting changes had lead to concerns that the urban masses could be influenced by cheap, radical and seditious forms of literature, which in turn, would lead to major social unrest and possible revolution. The S.D.U.K. sort to remedy this problem with more beneficial forms of education. Despite producing many fine works and inspiring an American movement of the same name, the S. D. U. K. was to enjoy only moderate success and folded in 1848.
- This is an original wood engraving with later hand colour.
- Printed area, including text, is approximately 15.2cms by 25.7cms; engraving alone is 14.8 by 11cms.
- The item is in very good condition with decent margins. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 180 years old.