View of the City of Bristol.As it appeared from Pile Hill, during the dreadful riots on the night of Sunday October 30.th 1831, when the New Prison and Two Toll Houses, seen on the left of the Picture, the Bishop’s Palace near the Cathedral in the centre, the Mansion House, Custom House, Excise House, and nearly Fifty Dwelling and Ware-Houses in Queen Square & Streets adjacent occupying the distance beyond Redcliff Church on the right (exclusive of the Bridewell and Lawfords Gate Prisons which do not fall within the limits of the Picture) were plundered & burnt and property to the amount of nearly One Hundred Thousand Pounds sterling totally destroyed.
Published by Daley & Muskett Booksellers Broad St. Bristol and sold by Charles Tilt Fleet St. London & all other Booksellers. ... London. [n.d. c.1831.]
Fine coloured lithograph with large margins. 235 x 310mm (9¼ x 12¼"). Nicks, tears and chip to lower left edge; some text faint.
One of several prints made in the wake of the 1831 Bristol Riots. These were amongst the several manifestations of civil unrest which took place after the House of Lords rejected the second Reform Bill. The Reform Bill aimed to improve 'rotten boroughs' standards and to give Britain's fast growing industrial towns greater representation in the House of Commons. The riots continued for three days during which the palace of Robert Gray the Bishop of Bristol, the Mansion House, and private homes and property were looted and destroyed, along with the demolition of much of the gaol. Work on the Clifton Suspension Bridge was halted and Isambard Kingdom Brunel was sworn in as a special constable.
for other views of the riots see refs. 20072 and 20926
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