A Plott for the Making of the Haven of Dover
Draughtsman: Volpe, Vincent
This is a watercolour drawing of proposed works at Dover dating from 1532. It is a purely pictorial representation and is not drawn with any concession to scale, perhaps reflecting the occupation of its creator, Vincent [Vincenzo] Volpe, Henry VIII's painter. It was commissioned by Dover Corporation for presentation to the King and shows a proposal for a new harbour behind the shore-line. Although Dover harbour was theoretically the responsibility of the town, the Royal Exchequer had been granting assistance since the fifteenth century. Dover Harbour was constantly at risk from storms and from silting up caused by deposits from the coastal currents and from 1532 the Crown was at pains to solve the problem. This proposal was never carried out and it was not until 1585 that a successful scheme was completed.