Irish, worked in England, 1793 - 1861

Bristol, a View from Clifton Hill

Date: ca. 1815

This view of the port city of Bristol, in southwest England, documents the engineering feat known as the Floating Harbour, a solution that civil engineer William Jessop devised to help Bristol’s maritime economy about six years before this watercolor was made. Although it had been a major port since the Middle Ages, Bristol had suffered setbacks in sea trade by the early nineteenth century. In particular, the abolition of slavery in 1807 had hurt business for the city because Bristol had been one of the port centers of the practice in England.

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Medium: Watercolor and pencil on paper Signed lower left: “F. Danby”

Inscriptions: Signed lower left: “F. Danby”

Dimensions: H: 7 1/2 x W: 11 7/8 in.

Accession: 0043

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Works on Paper - Landscapes

Tags: Watercolor , Pencil , Bristol , Clifton , Hill

Purchased January, 1986 from Davis and Langdale. Recorded in "British Watercolors", Davis & Langdale Co., Inc. New York, New York, February 25-March 22, 1986, Catalogue No. 7. Illustrated in "British Watercolors", Davis & Langdale Co., Inc. New York, New York, February 25-March 22, 1986, Catalogue No. 7. Exhibited at Davis and Langdale Company, New York, 1984, "British Drawings", No. 57, not in catalogue; Davis and Langdale Company, New York, 1985, "British Watercolours", No. 16; and Davis and Langdale Company, New York, 1986, "British Watercolours", No. 7, Illustrated.