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William Walcot, R.E. 1874-1943.

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York Minster -- the West Front. 1923. Drypoint. Dickins 78. 5 7/16 x 7 3/8 (sheet 9 5/8 x 12 3/4). Edition 275. A fine proof printed on cream wove paper on the full sheet with deckle edges. Signed in pencil. $500.

York Minster, a Gothic cathedral in York, England, is one of the largest in Northern Europe. The minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second-highest office of the Church of England, and is the cathedral for the Diocese of York. The title "minster" is attributed to churches established in the Anglo Saxon period as missionary teaching churches, and serves now as an honorific title.

The minster has a very wide Decorated Gothic nave and chapter house, a Perpendicular Gothic choir and east end and Early English north and south transepts. The nave contains the West Window, constructed in 1338, and over the Lady Chapel in the east end is the Great East Window, (finished in 1408), the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world. In the north transept is the Five Sisters Window, each lancet being over 16 metres (52 ft) high. The south transept contains a famous rose window.

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