View near Leicester
Artist: Smith, C. Loraine
View near Leicester by C. L. Smith. In the foreground three gentlemen travellers rest and water their horses whilst in the background the city of Leicester can be made out. During the Roman period Leicester was a military base on the important Roman road the ‘Fosse Way’. Leicester is named as a ‘civitas’ or city in the Domesday Book however in the 11th century it lost this status after struggles between local aristocracy and the church and it was not until 1919 that it regained it’s city status. In the 19th century Leicester was a growing industrial centre becoming well known for hosiery, footware and engineering.