Picturesque views on the River Thames

Ireland, himself an avid collector of books, pictures, and curiosities, tapped into the contemporary fashion for the sublime and picturesque, by producing a popular series of ‘Picturesque’ tours and views during the 1790s. Here, with the aid of a series of beautiful prints, he fashions a lively and engaging account of the historical and cultural stories behind some of the river’s most iconic scenes; including amongst others, the ‘handsome’ stone bridge at Kew.

Samuel Ireland, 1792. Layton Collection 4330


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