The Dockyard at Hotwells
Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus
Medium: Ink wash on paper
Hotwells had been an important crossing place of the River Avon since at least the 12th century. In the 17th and 18th centuries, upon discovery of its natural hot springs, it became a fashionable resort. Unfortunately it could not compete with the attractions of Bath, situated only a few miles away, and its popularity among the genteel classes was relatively short-lived.
During the 18th century the dockyard at Hotwells became an important centre for ship-building, largely in response to Bristol's position as a major slave-trading port.