Sr.Hugh Middleton's Glory. or The first issuing of the Water into the New-River-Head, before the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, Recorder and a Worthy Company who stood to behold it. Humbly inscrib'd to the Directors of the New River Company by Geo. Bickham.Mr. Middleton undertook to bring a River from Chadwell and Amwell to the north side of London, near Islington; where he made a large Cistern to receive it...Clerk of the works, reach me to the book to show, How many Arts from such a labour flow First here’s the Overseer, this try’d Man An ancient soldier, and an Artizan...And with thy Chrystal murmers strook together Bid all they true well-wishers welcome hithers, At which words the flood gates flow open, the stream ran gallantly into the Cistern, Drums and Trumpets sounding in triumphal manner, and a Peal of Chambers gave ful Issue to the intended Entertainment.
Etching and engraving. 427 x 552mm (16¾ x 21¾"). Trimmed and folded. Laid on album sheet on one side.
Sir Hugh Myddleton (1560?-1631) observing the first issue of the New River, a canal which brought water from Chadwell and Amwell in Hertfordshire to a reservoir in Clerkenwell whence it supplied the City of London. Work was completed in 1613. The following year Myddleton sold shares in the undertaking and in 1619 the New River Company was incorporated. Extensive letterpress text below describing the scene and the history of the New River project.
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