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Greenock

Greenock

Artist: Sarjent, Francis James

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1811

Shelfmark: Ktop L

Item number: 85

Genre: Topographical Print

Coloured view of Greenoch, Inverclyde in Scotland by Francis Sargent. The village is situated on the banks of the River Clyde, about 22 miles from Glasgow. The original settlement here is though to have developed around a church dedicated to St Lawrence. Looking across St Lawrence’s Bay the wild scenery of the Western Highlands can be seen in the background of this print. Originally fishing was the most significant industry for villagers however during the late 18th and 19th centuries shipbuilding grew in importance. The port at Greenock became very important for local manufacturers of pottery, wool, soap and candles, who could easily transport their products by ship.

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