|Dimensions||Image 112 x 165 mm, Sheet 147 x 208 mm|
One of three views of Richmond Bridge from Samuel Ireland's Picturesque Views on the River Thames: from its source in Gloucestershire to the Nore, with observations on the public buildings and other works of art in its vicinity. In the distance, the town of Richmond can be seen on a heavily wooded rise. The Thames is bordered by a causeway, which joins the bridge under a decorative arch. In the foreground, a woman and her children are fishing beside a wheelbarrow and rowboat stocked with barrels. A number of other vessels, oar and sail, make their way under the arches of the bridge.
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.