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The Crescent, Cheltnham

The Crescent, Cheltnham

Engraver: Bluck, J.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: K Top Vol. 13

Item number: 66a2

Length: 19

Width: 26.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

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View of the Royal Crescent at Cheltenham Spa in Gloucestershire. It was built between 1806-10 in order to accommodate visitors who came to use the spa waters in Cheltenham. John Byng, Viscount Torrington, who toured here in 1781, commented 'the waters are in high vogue, and the last season the best ever known (the opinion being that the sea coasts are dangerous in war-time)' but that Cheltenham had 'no manufactories, or trade and the market is not much used'. The Crescent was built on the church meadows and the parish church spire can be seen behind the crescent. It was developed by local lawyer and banker Joseph Pitt, who employed Bath Architect Charles Harcourt Masters to design it. This picture shows the ornate iron railings and balconies for which Cheltenham is known. The brick crescent seen here was later covered in white stucco - a kind of plaster which was made to resemble limestone.

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