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Perspective view of the Cresent now erecting near the Town of Birmingham

Perspective view of the Cresent now erecting near the Town of Birmingham

Engraver: Jukes, Francis

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1804

Shelfmark: Ktop XLII

Item number: 82 m

Genre: Topographical Print

William Hutton wrote in 1809 that the crescent "will consist when finished, of a superb range of twenty-three stone houses, elevated upon a terrace 1,182 feet long, and 17 high. The centre front is 622 feet, and each wing 140 … only 12 houses are finished chiefly in the wings, which cost 10,500. The remainder which are to cost 200. 5,00l are now at a stand, owing, perhaps to the war with France, which has been the destruction of our commerce ... and left in the town about twelve hundred empty houses."

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