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Plate representing the Brown Linen Market at Banbridge in the County of Downe.

Plate representing the Brown Linen Market at Banbridge in the County of Downe.

Artist: Hincks, W.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1783

Shelfmark: Ktop LII

Item number: 46.h

Genre: Topographical Print

This is the eighth plate in a series of twelve views of the linen manufacturing process, produced by W. Hincks. It depicts weavers at the Brown Linen Market at Banbridge in the County of Down. When the linen was taken off the loom it was a natural brown colour and was known as web. The weaver took his webs to the market where it was purchased by linen drapers for bleaching. Banbridge town developed as the result of the growth if the linen industry in the surrounding districts. A market was held in the town once a week attracting merchants from all over the country.

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