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Port Glasgow Scotland Heavenside Clark aquatint

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The Town of Port Glasgow


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Original antique topographical print


On the right is Newark Castle, then amidst a completely undeveloped coast. The planted area behind the castle was known as Lord Belhaven's Gardens. The centre of the print shows the 150 ft. spire of the Town Buildings built in 1815 by David Hamilton. Alongside is the old Port Glasgow harbour which is already being visited by the then recently developed steamships, visible on the river. The large mill on the right has not been certainly identified, but is most probably the mill of the Gourock Ropeworks. The wide road in front of the mill was the new toll road to Glasgow. John Heaviside Clark (c. 1771 - 1863) was a Scottish aquatint engraver and painter of seascapes and landscapes. He was sometimes known as Waterloo Clark, because of the sketches he made on the field directly after the Battle of Waterloo. Clark exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy between 1801 and 1832. He was the author of 'A practical essay on the art of Colouring and Painting Landscapes,' with illustrations, published in 1807, and 'A practical Illustration of Gilpin's Day,' with thirty designs, in 1824. He died in Edinburgh in 1863. Excellent colour. A couple of faults - a couple of marks in the sky and one faint line.

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artist After John Heavenside Clark (c1770-1863)
method Colour aquatint
date 1825
size 455mm by 600mm (sheet)
SKU VW3373