The antiquary John Bridges and his party can be seen in the foreground of this prospect of Northamptonshire. They are on the outskirts of Northampton town, riding in the direction of Kingsthorpe church. Bridges was in the process of writing a county history of Northamptonshire, and Tillemans was producing the illustrations for it. During the tour Tillemans stayed at Bridges’ country seat Barton Seagrave, working up sketches taken on the road into accomplished finished drawings like this.
- Full title:
- WATER-COLOUR Sketches and drawings of towns, buildings, monuments, antiquities, etc ., in co. Northampton; drawn chiefly by Thomas Eayre, and most of them in the year 1721, for John Bridges, who made use of some of them to illustrate his History of Northamptonshire.
- September 1721
- Pencil drawing / Pen and Ink / View
- Peter Tillemans
- Usage terms
- Public Domain
- Held by
- British Library
- Add MS 32467, f.166
- Article by:
- John Bonehill
- Antiquarianism, Country, Town and city
A group of drawings in the British Library’s Manuscripts collection tell the story of Peter Tillemans’ work for the antiquary John Bridges. Touring Northamptonshire with Bridges in the summer of 1721, the drawings depict the county’s contemporary topography and rich antiquarian history. John Bonehill explores further.