A South West View of Lancaster Castle, part of St George's Quay, the Aqueduct Bridge and the Mountains of Ingleborough
Engraver: Bluck, J.
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
This south west view of the town and castle of Lancaster also shows part of St George's Quay, the Aqueduct bridge and the mountains of Ingleborough. Daniel Defoe commented of the countryside surrounding Lancaster as 'lock'd in between the hills on the one side high as the clouds, and prodigiously higher, and the sea on the other, and the sea it self seemed desolate and wild'. It was engraved from a drawing which was presented to George III by the County Palatine of Lancaster. The artist and publisher was Robert Freebairn (1764-1808). In 1782, he entered the Royal Academy Schools, but soon after left to work and study in Italy for 10 years. He was one of the first Associates of the Old Society of Painters in Watercolours which was established in 1804.