A Prospect of the Breach in Dagenham Level as it appeared Feb: 3. 1707.
Medium: Ink on paper
Rough drawn plan of the Dagenham Breach. This was a 400 ft gap in the River Thames's banks, which resulted in a large mud bank in the River Thames and hindered the navigation of river traffic. A 1714 petition from the Lord Mayor and Ship owners to the House of Commons, requested its speedy repair, explaining 'a Breach, which happened in February last, in the Walls of the Levels of Havering and Dagenham, in the County of Essex, adjoining to the said River, whereby a great Part of the said Levels was overflowed'. The Lord Mayor of London, in his role as Conservator of the River, 'appointed a Survey of the said River to be taken by his Water Bailiff; by whose Report it doth appear, that the Navigation of the said River is already very much prejudiced, by the said Breach, of Four Miles above, and Two Miles below, the same'.