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Sketches of West India Scenery with Illustrations of Negro Character. The Process of Making Sugar, &c. Taken during a Voyage to, and Seven Years Residence in the Island of Trinidad.
Sketches of West India Scenery with Illustrations of Negro Character. The Process of Making Sugar, &c. Taken during a Voyage to, and Seven Years Residence in the Island of Trinidad.
Composed & Drawn on Zinc by R.B.
London, Published by R. Jenning, Poultry. [n.d. c.1836.]
Lithographic frontispiece. 275 x 380mm. 10¾ x 15". Some soiling and spotting.
Richard (Hicks) Bridgens (b.1785 d. 1846) was a sculptor, designer and architect, he attempted to set up an architectural practice in Birmingham in 1819 which he closed in 1825 when he moved to Trinidad where his wife had inherited a sugar plantation. In 1836 he printed West India Scenery, with Illustrations of Negro Character, the process of making sugar, etc. from sketches taken during a voyage to, and residence of seven years in, the Island of Trinidad. Bridgens' work is an early record of life in Trinidad. Bridgens became the Superintendent of Public Works in Port of Spain and was responsible for the design of the first Government Offices on the site now occupied by the Red House. He died in Trinidad in 1846. Frontispiece to a collection of 27 plates, surrounding the title are illustrations of four plants grown in Trinidad at that time - sugar cane, cocoa, plantain and coffee
Ex: Parker Gallery.
[Ref: 23397]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Galton Bridge. Erected over the new line of the Birmingham Canal at Smethwick in the County of Stafford, in the Year 1826.
Galton Bridge. Erected over the new line of the Birmingham Canal at Smethwick in the County of Stafford, in the Year 1826. From a Design by Thomas Telford Esq.re F.R.S. L.& E. Cast at the Horseley Iron Works,
R. Bridgens Del.t. L. Haghe.
[n.d., c.1826.]
Fine lithograph. Sheet 425 x 570mm (16¾ x 22½"). Repaired tears.
When the Galton Bridge was opened in 1829 it was the highest in the world. It is now Grade 1 listed. It was named after Samuel John Galton Jr. FRS (1753-1832), a Quaker who was paradoxically an arms manufacturer.
[Ref: 56946]   £390.00  
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