|Published||Pub. for S. Ireland May 1 1799|
|Dimensions||Image 165 x 111 mm, Sheet 165 x 222 mm|
A view of the palace at Woodstock constructed by Henry I in 1129 , from Samuel Ireland's Picturesque Views on the River Thame from its source in Gloucestershire to the Nore. The palace but largely destroyed during the English Civil War and all remains removed by 1723.
Samuel Ireland (21st May 1744 - July 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.