View on the River Trent near Nottingham
Engraver: Cartwright, T
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
The River Trent was an important means of transporting goods in and out of Nottingham. On his visit to the city in the 1720s, Daniel Defoe wrote that the Trent "is very large and deep; having but lately received the addition of the Dove, the Derwent, the Irwash, and the Soar ... the Trent is navigable here for vessels or barges of great burthen, by which all their heavy and bulky goods are brought from the Humber ... such as iron, block-tin, salt, hops, grocery, dyers, wares, wine, oyl, tar, hemp, flax &c. and the same vessels carry down lead, coal, wood, corn".