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Perspective View of Tunbridge Wells Walk

Perspective View of Tunbridge Wells Walk

Artist: Roberts, J.

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1760

Shelfmark: K Top Vol 18

Item number: 56e

Length: 9.7

Width: 13.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

A view of the Well Walk at Tunbridge Wells. During the 17th century a chalybeate spring was discovered here. The water from the spring contained iron, which was thought to have healing properties. It attracted many wealthy visitors including Queen Henrietta Maria and then Charles II and Queen Caroline in 1663. By the late 17th century it began to develop as a town and peaked in popularity in the early and mid 18th century. Daniel Defoe visited Tunbridge Wells at this time and commented ' The ladies that appear here, are indeed the glory of the place; the coming to the Wells to drink the water is a mere matter of custom; some drink, more do not, and few drink physically; But company and diversion is in short the main business of the place; and those people who have nothing to do any where else, seem to be the only people who have any thing to do at Tunbridge'. As this print shows, Tunbridge Wells was still a fashionable place to visit in c.1760, although the increasing popularity of seaside resorts and sea bathing took business away from the town.

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