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Etched on Devon's Memory

The Etched on Devon’s Memory project ran from 2002-2003 and digitised over 3,500 topographical prints of Devon, dating from 1660-1870. A catalogue of these, compiled by John Somers Cocks, was published in 1977. The prints depict a wealth of Devon scenes including landscapes, townscapes, buildings and some interior views. The project also created thematic information and a biographical list of illustrators to accompany the images. These are available as research guides.

The present web site was put up after Devon County Council took down the website that hosted it early in 2017 and the content became temporarily unavailable to researchers. The South West Heritage Trust has been working to remedy this, and the image data is now much more easily available through the Trust's website, using the online search facility. The website has therefore now been withdrawn.

​It is not easily possible to limit a search to Devon topographical prints but the following guidelines may be helpful:

Book. The search facility also includes other types of material, including illustrations.

Title. This will only retrieve records where the words appear in the title.

Author. This will pick up engravers or lithographers. For thorough searches it may help to put the surname in the keyword box.

Keyword. This is where it is possible to search for the number in the Somers Cocks catalogue. Input e.g. sc1234. Truncation can limit the numbers of records, for example sc078* will retrieve records for Somers Cocks prints numbered sc0780 to 0789. The truncation sc* will limit the search to all records with "sc" (Somers Cocks) control numbers but will also retrieve other records with words which start "sc" e.g. schools. The keyword search is a useful catch-all option for searching as it will pick up terms in most fields. Another way of limiting searches to a particular type of image is to put in a truncation of the technique used: engrav*, etch*, lithograph* etc.

Date of Publication. Please note that if searching for a single year, the date must be put in BOTH boxes. As many dates are estimates, this type of search has its limitations for topographical prints.

Place. Insert the name of the place, normally parish or town to see all prints for a particular locality.

Subject. This search locates the principal subject of the print as assigned by the cataloguer.

Select which library/ies to search in: Limit the search to Devon Libraries.

Only include records with images. If this box is checked records which do not have images attached will not be listed.