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A view looking up the River Thames to Richmond Bridge

A view looking up the River Thames to Richmond Bridge

Engraver: Jukes, Francis

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1780

Shelfmark: Ktop XLI

Item number: 20e

Genre: Topographical Print

Built with Portland stone in 1774-7, to a design of James Paine and Kenton Couse, Richmond Bridge's elegant five-arch span and fine detailing quickly made it a landmark of Richmond. Widened in 1937, it is the oldest surviving Thames crossing.

Daniel Defoe, writing in the early 18th century, commented: "From Richmond to London, the river sides are full of villages, and those villages so full of beautiful buildings, charming gardens, and rich habitations of gentlemen."

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