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The Great Bridge over the Taafe
National Museum Wales, Cardiff
Pierre Charles Canot (c.1710-1777) after Wilson
The Great Bridge over the Taafe
Published 17 July 1775
Engraving and etching on laid paper inlaid on cream paper
422 x 562 mm
16 5/8 x 22 1/8 in.
NMW A 10999
SA 1766 (234 - an impression); Conwy 2009 (30 - an impression)
Lettered below the image:
[1] Lower left: Richard Wilson pinxt
[2] Lower right: P.C. Canot sculpt
[3] Lower left: THE GREAT BRIDGE OVER THE TAAFE, | in South Wales
[4] Lower right: LE GRAND PONT SUR LA TAAFE | dans la Principauté de Galles
[5] Lower centre in pencil: 1775
[1] Pencil lower right corner: 17/6
[2] Pencil lower right correr: 10999
William Edwards's bridge over the River Taff at Pontypridd was completed after four attempts in 1756 and measuring 140 feet (43 metres) in span, quickly became renowned. For over 40 years it was the largest single span bridge in Britain.
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Other impressions are at The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru (PG00881, 004609364 and 4488829) and the Royal Pavilion, Brighton
No related painting is known to survive
John Clerk of Eldin, Pont Y Pridd, etching and drypoint (5 states, 1776)
This print is one of the set, Six Views in North and South Wales, all after Wilson, published by John Boydell in 1775. The others are E22, E27, E29, E30 and E31. Solkin suggested that the present example and others from the series lacking Boydell's publication line may have been commissioned by Wilson before financial difficulties in the mid-1770s constrained him to sell the plates to Boydell.
R. Gough, Anecdotes of British Topography, London 1768, p. 593; Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, Graveurs du XVIIe siècle, vol. 3, Paris 1930, no. 95; WGC p. 187, pl. 56b; Solkin 1982, pp. 228-29
Trimmed. Needs surface clean.