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Note to the Illustrations

The primary aim of the Artist has been to illustrate "The Compleat Angler" as thoroughly as possible from a topographical point of view. The majority of the engravings illustrate the routes described by Walton, from Tottenham to Ware, and by Cotton, from Brailsford to his seat at Beresford Hall; and places connected with the lives of the Authors. Maps are also given for the better understanding of the routes.

Many of the scenes, especially those nearer the Metropolis, have changed sadly, and several buildings of interest have disappeared or been altered beyond recognition. In these cases the drawings have been made from old pictures or prints, and their origin is given in the List of Illustrations.

Wherever possible, the drawings have been made on the spot, but in several instances the Artist has made use of photographs, and wishes to acknowledge his indebtedness to Messrs. R. Bull (Ashbourne), Griffin (Weybridge), Poulton, Salmon (Winchester), Valentine, and Wilson.

He is also indebted to Messrs. C. A. and C. P. Christie, Dr. Horley, Messrs. E. Marsh, P. Norman, J. Tydeman, J. F. Wardle, and others for their kind and courteous assistance.

As for the fish, they have been studied alive and dead; alive, in their element, for there alone can their varied motions be learnt; and dead, that their form might be more correctly given.

The decorative headings and initials speak for themselves; they will all be seen to have a connection, more or less obvious, with the context.

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Izaak Walton (Photogravure)

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From the portrait by Jacob Huysman in the National Gallery.

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Charles Cotton (Photogravure)

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From the Portrait by Sir Peter Lely in the possession of Stapleton

Martin, Esq.

Statue of Izaak Walton on the Great Screen at Winchester Cathedral xxvii
Greengate Street, Stafford

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Walton was said to have been born in the timber house on the left. The Corner of Chancery Lane and Fleet Street, showing house once occupied by Walton .

From an engraving in the British Museum.

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Prior Silksteed's Chapel in the South Transept of Winchester Cathedral xlvii
Walton lies buried just inside the open door. To the left lie his daughter
and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. William Hawkins.

On the "Shawford Brook" near Walton's Cottage

Farnham Castle

The Fishing House, Beresford Dale

Entrance to the Fishing House

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Madeley Church

Here John Offley lies buried.

Madeley Manor


From the engraving in Plot's History of Staffordshire. Map of the River Lea from Waltham to Tottenham .

Tottenham High Cross

From an engraving by Rawle after an original drawing by Drummond
published in 1804.

Tottenham High Cross

Bruce Castle, Tottenham

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From an engraving in the British Museum.

Waltham Cross

After an engraving by G. J. Parkins from a drawing by T. Under-
wood, published in 1791; in the possession of J. Tydeman, Esq.

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An "Eleanor" cross, built in 1294.

The "Four Swans" Inn and Sign, Waltham Cross
This Inn is said to date from the end of the 13th century.
Map of the River Lea from Ware to Cheshunt.

The "Four Swans," Waltham Cross

The Abbey Gate and Church Tower of Waltham Abbey .

Theobald's Park, from the New River

The seat of Sir Henry B. Meux, Bart. The "Bulls Head" Inn, Turnford . Shawford Brook

Behind Walton's Cottage at Shallowford.

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