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Durham, River Wear above Prebends Bridge

Durham, River Wear above Prebends Bridge

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15538

Item number: f.222

Length: 180

Width: 264

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

This view in ink shows the winding River Wear above Prebends Bridge at Durham.

Completed in 1778, the Prebends Bridge was newly built when Grimm drew it. Designed by George Nicholson, it served as a private road for the Dean and Chapter of Durham, giving access to the cathedral from the south through the Watergate. It formed the centrepiece of a classical wooded landscape and set off the imposing skyline of the cathedral.

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