A handsome pair of vintage prints of the original engraving depicting Powis House and Mountague House, grand country houses of England. John Stow was born in London in 1525, and is one of the best known Elizabethan antiquaries. He was a prosperous tailor until about 1566, after which he devoted his time to collecting rare books and manuscripts - a hobby that consumed all his money. He was a self-educated, passionate scholar, and was employed by Matthew Parker, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to edit medieval chronicles. His Survey, which took the form of a perambulation around London, contains most interesting details of the transition of London life from a medieval to a modern city, and some very beautiful engravings showing famous London Squares. These are fine art vintage prints of original antiques in the William Stafford Archive.
William Stafford Gallery has a sterling reputation for its reproduction prints. The London-based gallery is a treasure trove of fine-art prints, contemporary black-and-white photography, sepia photography, and works in color. By commissioning artists and photographers and then controlling all aspects of print production, the gallery ensures a consistently exceptional quality. Through its collaborations with master framemakers, they offer new and refreshing presentation ideas in pace with today's design trends.