A Perspective View of the Engine, now made use of for Driving the Piles of the New Bridge at Westminster:most Humbly Inscrib'd to the Hon.ble Commissioners for Building the said Bridge, by the Inventor- James Vaulone, Watch-Maker
Printed for Carington Bowles in St Pauls Church Yard. London.
Engraving, sheet 445 x 350mm (17½ x 13¾"). Trimmed inside platemark; glued to backing sheet and folded. Scarce.
Pile driver for building over water, consisting of a floating platform on which horses turn a wheel which drives the pilse downwards. Later 18th century reissue by Carington Bowles, of a plate first published by its engraver, W.H. Toms, in 1748. At that time the construction on the first Westminster Bridge had been underway for nine years (and would not be completed for another two). It was probably published to capitalise on public interest in the project.
For a related print demonstrating technology used to construct Westminster Bridge see ref.2555.
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