Baskerville House, the Residence of John Ryland Esq.Baskerville House, The Residence of John Ryland, Esq. This house, which stands in the midst of a luxuriant meadow, is situated on Easy Hill. It was formerly the dwelling of the celebrated Baskerville; but had been rendered much more spacious and more elegant by its present owner J. Ryland, Esq. and was receiving its last improvements, from the hand of its unoffending possessor, when attacked on Friday 15th July, 1791... Les habitants de cette ville et environs avec une générosité et humanité qui leur fait bonneur ont depuis levé une souscription considerable pour le soutien de cette famille malheureuse.
[London. Published, 1 May 1792, by J.Johnson, St. Paul's Church Yard.]
Aquatint with descriptive text in English and French. Sheet 406 x 260mm. 16 x 10¼". Laid on album page, foxing.
The ruins of Baskerville House, belonging to John Ryland Esq. The crowd destroyed the home and drank the supplies of liquor which they found in the cellar. The Priestley Riots, the Birmingham Riots of 1791, targeted religious Dissenters, most notably the politically and theologically controversial Joseph Priestley. From "Views of the Ruins of the Principal Houses destroyed during the Riots at Birmingham. 1791." On the 14th of July, 1791, a party having met at an hotel to celebrate the anniversary of the French revolution, collected together as a mob, and proceeded for several days their devastations, setting fire to several meeting-houses and private mansions, but on the arrival of the military from Oxford and Hounslow, order was restored: at the ensuing assizes four of the ring-leaders were convicted, two of whom suffered the penalty of the law. Shortly after this occurrence barracks were erected on the Vauxhall-road, near the town, consisting of a range of handsome buildings, enclosing a spacious area for the exercise of cavalry, and a smaller for parades, a riding-school, a magazine, and an hospital.
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