Baynton-Williams Gallery: Fine Antiquarian Maps and Prints

Sandby: Bridgenorth

Sandby: Bridgenorth
Paul Sandby.
South East View of Bridge-North in Shropshire.
P Sandby Fecit. Publish'd according to Act of Parliament by P Sandby St. Georges Row Nov 1st 1778.
Aquatint with wash.  Image 326 x 510mm. Cut just inside the platemark.
Fine impression of a busy river scene, drawn, engraved and published by Sandby. He made two large aquatints of Bridgenorth, the other being the opposite view from the other side of the bridge.
Bridgenorth was a prosperous town in the 18th century, cap and hat-making being one of the main industries. The town lies on a high sandstone ridge rising from the banks of the River Severn. The bridge, with its picturesque toll-house, had admirers among antiquarian topographers and travellers passing through the town on the road from London to North wales. It was replaced in 1823.

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