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Gravel pits

Gravel pits

Artist: Hassell, I.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1798

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 54.a

Length: 21.7

Width: 31.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Gravel Pits in Hertfordshire. Unfortunately the location of the pits cannot be verified although it is thought that they were near Hatfield. Until the middle of the 18th century gravel was important in the construction of local roads. Reserves of local stone which could be quarried were low and so gravel was mixed with cobbles to provide surfaces strong enough to support the growing number of carriages which were using the roads. This is a typical example of an item from the King George III Topographical Collection. The King was fascinated with the landscape and geography of Britain and collected maps, atlases and prints as well as original watercolour drawings of various locations around the British Isles.

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