A south-east view of Nottingham from the River Trent
Engraver: Cartwright, T
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
Situated on a steep cliff, the highest point of the town, Nottingham Castle is the main landmark in this image. In the mid-18th century the population of Nottingham was around 10,000, but by 1801 this had almost trebled to 28,000. Daniel Defoe said that "Nottingham is one of the most pleasant and beautiful towns in England", praising its buildings and its pleasant situation "on the side of a hill overlooking a fine range of meadows". The River Trent, he continued, "is very large and deep; having but lately received the addition of the Dove, the Derwent, the Irwash, and the Soar".