Bristol 37 c
Artist and engraver: Buck, Nathaniel & Buck, Samuel
A north-east view of the city of Bristol. Bristol was a trading and industrial city whose population increased rapidly between the 18th and 19th centuries - rising from 25,000 in 1700, to 50,000 in 1750, to 68,000 in 1801. During the Georgian period the city received many new public buildings, including Bristol Royal Infirmary in 1737, the Corn Exchange in 1743, the Theatre Royal in 1766 and a new bridge. Daniel Defoe thought that Bristol was "the richest, and the best port of trade in Great Britain, London only excepted ... The merchants of this city not only have the greatest trade, but they trade with more entire independency upon London, than any other town in Britain".