Aquatint print of design of cast iron bridge by Thomas Telford, 1801

1801 in London
Thomas I Malton
Thomas Telford
Print, Aquatint

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Print, Aquatint
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Print, Aquatint, design by Thomas Telford for a cast iron bridge, overall: 65x124cm, image: 55x120cm, 1801 Oct 5. Single sheet on roll, with others. Dedicated to King George III by Thomas Telford. Published for the Proprietors and sold by Mr. R. Ackermann, No. 101 Strand, Mr Taylor, Architectural Library, Holborn, London et al. Bears 'This PERSPECTIVE VIEW of the DESIGN for A CAST IRON BRIDGE, consisting of a SINGLE ARCH 600 FEET in the SPAN, and calculated to supply the place of the present LONDON BRIDGE; Drawn & Aquatinted by Thomas I. Malton.; The Bridge engraved by Willm Lowry'. This design was not used due to concerns about its technical feasibility and the space required to construct it. Viewed over the River Thames; ships passing beneath, carriages and carts using the bridge roadway; arcaded embankment approaches. Dedication: 'To George the Third, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, ... [title], ... Is, by Permission, most respectfully Inscribed by his most faithful Subject, Thomas Telford.'

Thomas Telford (1757-1834)Scottish civil engineer, architect and stonemason and noted road, bridge and canal builder: the 'Colossus of Roads'.


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paper (fibre product)
overall: 645 mm x 1230 mm
print and aquatint
Keyser, C.