A perspective view of Nottingham market place
Engraver: Cartwright, T
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
Nottingham was a prosperous, expanding town in the early 19th century. It had some fine public buildings and an unusually spacious market place. The market was long established. Travelogue author Celia Fiennes visited the town in the 1690s, writing: "The Market Place is very broad - out of which run 2 very large streets". In the 1720s, Daniel Defoe wrote: "As there is a fine market-place, so is there a very good market, with a vast plenty of provisions, and those of the best sort, few towns in England exceeding it'.