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View on the River Clyde

View on the River Clyde

Artist: Riddell, Robert Andrew

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1812

Shelfmark: Vol. 49

Item number: 4.a

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the River Clyde in Scotland. The river has its source in Dalserf in the east of the country and flows over 100 miles to the Firth of Clyde in Glasgow. For many years the river flowed through some of the most industrial parts of Scotland and because the Clyde was shallow, cargo such as tobacco and cotton had to be unloaded at Greenock and Port Glasgow and ferried up the river in smaller vessels. In the 19th century with the growth of the steel and iron industries the need for a navigable river compelled authorities to dredge the river, remove residual silt and to deepen and widen the Clyde.

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