|Artist||Francis Vivares after George Perry and Thomas Smith of Derby|
|Published||Designed and Published according to Act of Parliment by Geo. Perry and T. Smith, 1758.|
|Dimensions||Image 360 x 530 mm, Plate 393 x 547 mm Sheet 430 x 580 mm|
A scarce, separately published, view of Coalbrookdale, in the Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire a location of great importance in the history of the industrial revoltuion. It is here where Abraham Derby first smelted iron ore. This print was made soon after Darby began producing bar iron in his furnaces this view you can see the smoke from furnaces rising in the left. Inscribed with "No. II" lower left, this print is one of a pair of views of Coalbrookdale.
François Vivares (1709-1782) was a French landscape-engraver and publisher. He moved to London in 1727 and his earliest dated print is 1738. Vivares had a very high reputation in France, where he was regarded as one of the greatest landscape engravers, and key teacher of the British school of line-engraving.
George Perry (1719-3 February 1771) was a British engineer, iron master, draughtsman, and cartographer who worked for the Coalbrookdale Foundry. He produced a series of prints of the the industrialisation of the Coalbrookdale area with Thomas Smith of Derby, which are some of the earliest industrial landscapes.
Thomas Smith of Derby (1720-1767) was a British painter and draughtsman and the father of J.R, Smith.
Condition: Two short, repaired, tears top margin into plate to image, repaired tear in left margin just into plate not affecting the image. Light overall toning to paper.