Antique steel line engraving of entrance to Bath from London side from Britton’s Cities of Bath and Bristol c.1829.

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Published by Jones & Co. London 1829

Drawn by Tho. H. Shepherd : Engraved by J. B. Allen

An original steel line engraving with later hand colouring from Topographical Characteristics of the Cities of Bath and Bristol, with the Counties of Somerset and Gloucester, displayed in a series of views (1829-31). This was a part series written by the antiquarian and topographer John Britton. The publication contained 48 engraved plates from original drawings by several artists including Thomas Hosmer Shepherd. Shepherd brought his scenes to life with images of people, horses and carriages and was the brother of the topographical illustrator George ‘Sidney’ Shepherd. The steel engraving was made by the Birmingham engraver James Baylis Allen who worked on many landscapes.

The antique print shows a view of the Old Bridge – St Lawrence’s Bridge – that crossed the River Avon on the south side of Bath. It was a five span bridge with balustrade, built in 1754 to replace the earlier Medieval bridge with its small chapel, and the site of the original Roman crossing. It became the main crossing point and thoroughfare for traffic travelling along the Bristol Road into the South Gate of the city.

This print is in a fair clean condition and has some light age staining to the edges. It has later hand colouring and is available presented in a cream conservation quality mount and framed with a walnut and gold wood frame with acrylic glazing. Price – £30.00.

Approximate dimensions are:

Mount window: 175 x 115 mm

Frame overall size: 285 x 235 mm

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg