View of Cottage near Ryde
Artist: Walmsley, Thomas
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of Ryde in the Isle of Wight by Thomas Walmsley. Ryde is located on the north east coast of the island and during the 19th centre became a popular tourist attraction because of its sandy beaches. The name is somehow associater with water- it could derive from ‘Yr Wyth’, the Celtic name of the Solent or it could come from the British ‘rhe’ meaning swift flow. Black’s Guide to the Isle of Wight published in 1919 describes the town in the following passage,
“Ryde has a singularly pleasing and almost foreign aspect, its white houses rising from the beach, on either side of a slight valley, amidst groves of luxuriant foliage, and the skyline being broken by a graceful group of spires…”.