|Published||[Pub. for S. Ireland 1799]|
|Dimensions||Image 110 x 165 mm, Sheet 146 x 233 mm|
A view of the bridge at Thames Head, near the village of Kemble, Gloucestershire, from Samuel Ireland's Picturesque Views on the River Thames from its source in Gloucestershire to the Nore. The low stone bridge is close by a row of waterfront dwellings, and a windmill stands behind. On the water, two men prepare to unload a barge of goods.
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.