|Published||Pub. for S. Ireland May 1 1799|
|Dimensions||Image 110 x 165 mm, Sheet 162 x 222 mm|
A view of Datchet Bridge with Windsor Castle in the background, from Samuel Ireland's publication Picturesque Views on the River Thames from its source in Gloucestershire to the Nore. The bridge depicted was built in 1706 to replace the ferry crossing. It was demolished in 1851.
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.