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The Great Bridge over the Taaffe in South Wales
The Trustees of the British Museum
Pierre Charles Canot (c.1710-1777) after Wilson
The Great Bridge over the Taaffe in South Wales
Published 17 July 1775
Etching and engraving
411 x 545 mm
16 3/16 x 21 1/2 in.
1872,0113.873
E28
A steep single-arched bridge spans a river which divides around a low island in the foreground. From there several figures turn to admire the view of rolling tree-covered hills beneath a large expanse of sky.
SA 1766 (234 - an impression); Conwy 2009 (30 - an impression)
Purchased 1872 from Mrs Judkin, wife of the collector the Revd Thomas James Judkin, 49 Euston Square, London
Lettered below the image with the title in English and French and 'Richard Wilson Pinxt, | P.C. Canot Sculpt | Published July 17th, 1775 by John Boydell Engraver in Cheapside London'
William Edwards's bridge over the River Taff at Pontypridd was completed after four attempts in 1756 and measured140 feet (43 metres) in span. It quickly became renowned and 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 those 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; Booth Notes Doc. 7; Edwards 1808, p. 88; 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
21/06/2017