Hampton Court - bridge &c.

Method Aquatint
Artist Samuel Ireland
Published Pub. for S. Ireland May 1 1799
Dimensions Image 111 x 164 mm, Sheet 165 x 222 mm
Notes A view of Hampton Court bridge with the village in the background, from Samuel Ireland's publication Picturesque Views on the River Thames from its source in Gloucestershire to the Nore. This print depicts the first bridge built on this site in 1752-53 out of wood in a Chinoiserie style.

Samuel Ireland (1744 - 1800) was a British engraver, author, and collector of art and rare books, who specialised in series of 'Picturesque Views' with a particular focus on British rivers and waterways. In addition to his work as a topographical artist, he also etched a number of plates after Hogarth, Mortimer, and John Hamilton. His professional reputation was left in shambles following his unfortunate championing of a widely publicised hoax. A great admirer of Shakespeare, Ireland enthusiastically announced the discovery of a cache of Shakespeare manuscripts, which, after professional scrutiny, were proved to be forgeries created by his own son, William Ireland.
Framing unmounted
Price £55.00
Stock ID 51778