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Discovering Lewes [Aug. 22nd, 2018|09:07 am]
Tony Grist
I'd always thought Lewes High Street terminated at the bottom of the hill, but yesterday we found it actually crosses the river and carries on all the way to Cliffe- and there are some cracking antique emporiums down the far end. Ailz bought rings and I bought prints by Hogarth. Hogarth's prints aren't rare; his plates passed from hand to hand and some of them continued to be used right through the 19th century. It takes an expert- and even they aren't always sure- to tell an early impression from a late one. Never mind; I got four prints by one of the greatest 18th century artists for £12 apiece and I'm immensely chuffed. They're from the series Industry and Idleness- and include the much reproduced image of a public hanging.

St Thomas Becket church at Cliffe contains this- the coat of arms of Elizabeth I in plaster- dated 1598. It's a rare survival- and I can't say I've seen its like before.  I love the wonky lion.

[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2018-08-22 08:50 am (UTC)
I love Lewes. It is my favourite town in East Sussex. lovely shops, esp.for books, and antiques.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-08-22 10:02 am (UTC)
As we're discovering....
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-08-22 10:59 pm (UTC)
I've been into wonky lions lately myself. The one you show here is quite wonderful!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-08-23 07:16 am (UTC)
I suppose most European artists and craftspeople before a certain date wouldn't ever have seen an actual lion.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2018-08-23 08:30 am (UTC)
A plaster coat of arms! I've never seen one of those before - that is splendid.

I like the sound of Lewes.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-08-23 07:13 pm (UTC)
I've always liked Lewes, and the more I see of it the more I like it.
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