Anglia Antiqua, West Walton

Accession Number

Anglia Antiqua, West Walton

John Taylor Arms

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
etching on paper

11 5/8 in x 9 1/8 in (29.5 cm x 23.2 cm);11 5/8 in x 9 1/8 in (29.5 cm x 23.2 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Carl Fredric Clarke

Subject matter
The building depicted is the detached belltower—or campanile—of St. Mary's Parish Church in West Walton, Norfolk, England. The church was built in the 13th century, and exemplifies the Gothic architectural features that Arms, who trained as an architect, admired above all other styles. 
The print was No. 1 of Arms' "English Series", and was etched for the Print Makers Society of California.

Physical Description
A Gothic-style church tower is seen in the middle distance. It dominates a cloudless sky in the upper portion of the image, with trees rising behind the lower portion of the building and a single story outcropping of the building expanding to the tower's left. The architectural details, especially the carved stonework and patterned brickwork, are rendered with precision.
Signed and dated lower right on plate: "John Taylor Arms. 1937". Signed and dated lower right below plate in pencil: "John Taylor Arms 1937".
Watermark: England

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
intaglio print

Collection Area

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Gothic (Medieval)
Gothic Revival
Places of Worship
architectural ornament
churches (buildings)
etching (printing process)
modern and contemporary art
pointed arches
stone (worked rock)
towers (single built works)

2 Related Resources

Christian Churches
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Religious Buildings
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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