Print of an engraving by Joseph Nash (1809-1878), painter and lithographer, of the interior of Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire, 1841

Scope and Content

The engraving from which the print was made is dated 1841 and was made by Joseph Nash. It appears in his book, 'The Mansions of England in the Olden Time' (London: T.McLean, 1839-1849). The print is in colour and measures 290 mm x 410 mm in portrait form. It shows the interior of the hall in Wollaton Hall. The scene, facing west, shows the arrival of guests at table for dinner. Thirteen people and two dogs are visible, and landscape paintings and portraits hanging on the walls have been included.

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph Nash was born at Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire in 1809. He was educated by his father and at the age of 21, commenced the study of architecture under Augustus Pugin (1762-1832) whom he accompanied to France. He was elected to the Society of Painters in Water Colours as an associate in 1834, a full member in 1842 and was an exhibitor there until 1875. He is best known for his picturesque views of late Gothic buildings, often enlivened by groups of people depicting the habits and customs of bygone days. Nash mastered the art of lithography and used it to great effect in 'Architecture of the Middle Ages' (London: T. McLean, 1838) and 'The Mansions of England in the Olden Time' (London: T. McLean, 1839-1849). In 1848, he lithographed a set of his drawings of Windsor Castle. He died in London in 1878.


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Custodial History

The print was bought by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in July 2002.

Related Material

The Victoria and Albert Museum; National Art Library: A letter by Nash to John Scott in 1841 and a letter to Dominic Paul Conaghi (1790-1879) in 1840. Reference: MSL/1983/9000/113-114


Joseph Nash, 'The Mansions of England in the Olden Time' (London: T.McLean, 1839-1849)