[View taken from the Beach opposite the Marine Library] Sidmouth
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
The middle section of a panoramic view of the sea front of Sidmouth in Devon. To the left is Fortfield Terrace, a new development begun in 1792, which was set back from the sea front. This was a property speculation by Thomas Jenkins, a local landowner and was designed by Polish architect Michael Novosielski. As can be seen in the print, only one side was completed. In the middle of the view is Wallis's, the Royal Marine Library which was opened in June 20th 1809. It had local and London newspapers, popular periodicals, books of education, maps, and a circulating library. It provided the opportunity to meet and discuss the news of the day. To the right are cottages, the town church and Joseph Shaw, the local builder. By this time Sidmouth was moderately popular as a resort for sea bathing and attracted visitors trying to improve their health.