Sir Hugh Myddelton, Bar.t.The Projector of the New River Aqueduct.
London. Pub.d by Simpkin, Marshall & Co. March 25 1835
Lithograph on india, sheet 190 x 130mm (7½ x 5").
Sir Hugh Myddelton (1560-1631), goldsmith and entrepreneur. Early in the seventeenth century Myddelton became involved in the successful project to bring a supply of water to London, which was still the most important source of piped water into the metropolis in the early nineteenth century, when this print was made. In 1605 an act of parliament was obtained to bring water from springs near Hertford to north London (a distance of nearly forty miles). Myddelton's involvement is not recorded until 1609, when he took the lead in the project which was completed in 1613. The establishment of the New River was Myddelton's main claim to fame, and he was involved with the running of the company for the rest of his life, although he was also involved in mining and land draining projects. Lithograph after one of several paintings of Myddelton by Cornelius Johnson, used as frontispiece to William Matthews' 'Hydraulia; an Historical and Descriptive Account of the Water Works of London, and the Contrivances for Supplying other Great Cities, in Different Ages and Countries' (1835).
For an earlier scene of Myddelton observing the first issue of the New River, see ref. 28983.
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