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The Perspective View of a Bleach Green taken in the County of Downe

The Perspective View of a Bleach Green taken in the County of Downe

Artist: Hincks, W.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1783

Shelfmark: Ktop LII

Item number: 46.k

Genre: Topographical Print

This is the tenth plate in a series of twelve views of the linen manufacturing process, produced by W. Hinks. Instead of dry bleaching, some manufacturers preferred wet bleaching. A linen bleaching green consisted of a central house for bleaching and finishing the material, with lands extending up to 25 or 30 acres on which to spread the linen. The linen was bleached with an alkaline solution and then rinsed and spread on grass- a bleach green. The linen was rinsed a number of times and so many of these greens were situated next to rivers where a good supply of water could be accessed.

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