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View of the Tread Mill for the Employment of Prisoners, Erected at the House of Correction at Brixton, by Mr Cubitt of Ipswich.
View of the Tread Mill for the Employment of Prisoners, Erected at the House of Correction at Brixton, by Mr Cubitt of Ipswich. Recommended by the Committee of the Society for the Improvement of Prison Discipline &c.
Gent. Mag. 1822, Pl 1 P. 9.
Engraving. 220 x 265mm, 8¾ x 10½. With binding folds, as normal.
An outside treadmill, sheltered by a roof, driven by 10 prisoners. Brixton Prison was opened in 1820 and quickly earned a reputation as one of the worst prisons in London, with its small cells overcrowded. This corn mill was installed the following year. During the 1860s the social reformer Edward Smith (1819-1874), who participated in the first govennment-sponsored survey of food consumption in low-income families, complained that the prisoners were maltreated because they received no additional food while toiling on the exhausting 'punitive treadmill'.
[Ref: 23651]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Croydon Canal
Croydon Canal View towards Deptford from the Lockkeeper's house.
H. Browne [c.1815].
Etching, scarce, platemark 175 x 240mm (7 x 9½") very large margins. Slight tear on right margin.
Very rare view on the Croydon canal, taken from the staircase lock at Honor Oak Park in south London. This was the final lock on the stretch of the canal between New Cross and Forest Hill. The view, looking towards Deptford, also shows parts of Brockley and New Cross. From a series of views along the canal by the same printmaker. The Croydon canal extended from Croydon to New Cross (a plan to extend as far as the docks at Rotherhithe was abandoned) and opened in 1809. It was never successful and closed in 1836.
[Ref: 41286]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Lewisham.
Lewisham.
Drawn by I.C.Barrow F.S.A. Engraved by G.I. Parkyns. Printed by I.Pushee.
London, Pub.d Jan.y 1. 1795 by T.Simpson St Paul's Church Yard, and Darling & Thompson, G.t Newport Str.t.
Aquatint, large paper copy, 290 x 365mm, 11½ x 14½". Trimmed into plate at top.
From Joseph Charles Barrow's 'Picturesque Views of Churches'. Originally issued by subscription 1791-2, only three of the intended six parts were published, a total of 12 views. This comes from a collected edition, not listed in Abbey.
See Abbey Scenery 2 for the subscription edition, this edition not listed.
[Ref: 15031]   £230.00  
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A View from the Stile on the Bridge of that fine head of Water at Southend near Lewisham in Kent together with the Island and Mills belonging to Mr Cole.
A View from the Stile on the Bridge of that fine head of Water at Southend near Lewisham in Kent together with the Island and Mills belonging to Mr Cole.
T. Bonner delin
Printed & Sold by Henry Roberts Engraver opposite Great Turn Stile near Hand Alley Holborn.
Rare engraving, sheet 245 x 335mm (9½ x 13¼"). Trimmed to image on 3 sides.
Rare early view of Southend, historically the last settlement in Lewisham on the road to Bromley (both now suburbs in south-east London but then separate towns in Kent). The river Ravensbourne ran through the village, powering two mills. This view shows the Lower Mill with the mill pond, which survives as Peter Pan's Pool. Named after a pleasure park from the 1920s, a park of the same name was recently opened nearby. It was famous in the 18th century for the cutlery which John and Ephraim How made there. Until the early 20th century both mills were still functioning as corn mills. Land shown here belonged to Robert Cole (c.1701-68), who is buried in St Mary's Church, Lewisham.
[Ref: 38672]   £240.00  
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