|Artist||Richard Bernard Godfrey after J. Brotherton|
|Dimensions||Image 198 x 334 mm, Plate 225 x 348 mm, Sheet 228 x 349 mm|
A view of Priory Bay, near St Helens on the Isle of Wight. The foreground is dominated by three large trees, two of which are much battered by the coastal breezes. Two gentlemen observe one of these trees, accompanied by a dog that sits close by in the shade. Behind them, across the Solent, can be seen the coasts of Hampshire and West Sussex. A number of ships are visible on the water. The view purports to be that taken from the east front of the house of Nash Grose. Sir Nash Grose (1740-1814) was a British judge, and a fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. The Priory, near the town of St Helens, was his seat.
Richard Bernard Godfrey (b.1728) was a British engraver, chiefly known for his numerous illustrative plates for Francis Grose's 'Antiquities of England and Wales.' Godfrey specialised in engravings of views, particularly antiquities, though he also produced a small number of portraits.
Condition: Central vertical fold. Trimmed to plate. Light surface dirt and foxing.