A View of the Bridge Now Building over the Thames at Vauxhall.The metropolis having extended upwards along the banks of the Thames, & inclosed within its bounds the villages of Lambeth & Vauxhall on one side, & Chelsea on the other, a magnificient Bridge, for the Purpose of connecting these western limits of the town is now constructing, of which this plate gives a correct view, & also of the intended range of buildings on Mill-bank. This important work promises to be not only a great public convenience, but an ornament to the Capital, equally honourable to the taste & public spirit of the Individuals at whose expence it has been undertaken. It will consist of seven arches of which the middle one will be 110 feet span, the two adjoining arches 106, the next two 100, & the two land arches 90 feet each; producing a water way of 702 feet & giving to the whole an extent of 920 feet from side to side. It will be composed of the Dundee stone which is of great hardness & durability. This Bridge is designed by John Rennie Esq.r Civil Engineer & is executing under his direction. To his Royal Highness George Prince of Wales, this print is dedicated by his Royal Highnesses most obedient and devoted servant. William Daniell.
Coloured aquatint. 500 x 860mm (19¾ x 34"). Tears in edges repaired.
A view of London with John Rennie's proposed Vauxhall Bridge in the foreground, with Westminster Abbey behind on the left and Lambeth Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral on the right. The Thames is filled with small river craft depicted in fine detail. The scene was created in pure aquatint, with no engraved line, even for the rigging of the boats. The Vauxhall Bridge Company commissioned John Rennie to design and built this stone bridge, and the foundation stone was laid in May 1811. However the company got into financial difficulties and decided to build an iron bridge instead. A new plan by Rennie was rejected and a nine-arch iron bridge designed by Samuel Bentham was completed in 1816, demolished 1898.
Not in Adams.
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