Pipe Clay Pits, Isle of Wight
Artist and engraver: Hassell, I.
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of a pipe clay pit probably near Freshwater, in the Isle of Wight. Pipe clay, or white burning clay was rare and consequently very valuable in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was used to coat the surface of a pot before it was decorated or in small amounts as the decoration itself.