Battersea, Chelsea, & LONDON, from Mr. Rucker's Villa.
Pub. June 1, 1795, by J. & J. Boydell, Shakespeare Gallery, Pall Mall, & No. 90, Cheapside.
Fine hand coloured aquatint, very large margins. Printed area: 215 x 320mm (8½ x 12½"). Slight staining in margin.
Plate 9 from Joseph Farington's (1747 – 1821) 'History of the River Thames', 1794, a two-volume publication including 76 aquatints. An exceptional panoramic view with figures and horses in a field in the foreground, and a coach passing in the centre. The Thames is winding in the middle distance to a bridge on the left with a view of London in the background, Battersea in the centre, Chelsea on the left, and St Paul's Cathedral on the horizon. The view is taken from the West Hill Estate, Wandsworth, first purchased, as part of the demesne of the manor of Downe, from the Duke of Bedford in 1759. John Anthony Rucker, a merchant originally from Hamburg, bought the estate in 1789, and all later owners added to the lands by purchase.
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