• Erpingham’s Gate and the West End of Norwich Cathedral, Norfolk -

    Signed on the original washline border: Erpinghams Gate Way and Weft End of Cathedral Norwich. Taken on the Spot by Isaac Johnson 1790s.

    Pen and grey ink and watercolour heightened with bodycolour on laid paper

    23.6 by 15.4 cm., 9 ¼ by 6 inches


    This is a rare work by the Suffolk artist Isaac Johnson. The son of a surveyor, Johnson earned a living as a surveyor and antiquarian draughtsman based in Woodbridge and his surviving work is mainly topographical views of Suffolk and Norfolk. Over one thousand of his sketches are in the Society of Antiquaries and over 500 drawings of Suffolk churches bound in an album are in Suffolk Record Office. For more information on the artist, see Isaac Johnson of Woodbridge 1754-1835 – that ingenious artist, Suffolk Record Office, 1979.


    Erpingham Gate stands in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral. It was built 1416 to 1425 and named after Sir Thomas Erpingham (d.1428) who gave money towards its construction.

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