|Published||Pub. for S. Ireland May 1 1799|
|Dimensions||Image 110 x 165 mm, Sheet 169 x 242 mm|
A view of Wallingford Bridge. From Picturesque Views on the River Thames from its source in Gloucestershire to the Nore by Samuel Ireland.
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.