View of Ryde, opposite Portsmouth. Entrance to the Harbour of Cowes in the Distance
Artist: Walmsley, Thomas
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of Ryde on the north east coast of the Isle of Wight, by Thomas Walmsley. Ryde was originally a small fishing village however during the 18th century it grew after the establishment of a ferry service and it became a popular holiday destination. W. H. Davenport Adams describes Ryde in his book ‘The Isle of Wight; Its History, Topography and Antiquities’, published in 1862,
"Ryde is the fashionable watering place of the island, and the chief resort of summer visitors, for whom it is equally eligible as a place of residence, and as a starting point whence all the beauties of the Undercliff and the picturesque scenery of the East Medine may conveniently be reached”.