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Creator:
Samuel Jackson, 1794–1869, British
Title:

The Avon near Bristol

Date:
undated
Medium:
Watercolor and gouache, with scraping and gum on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 11 1/4 x 17 1/4 inches (28.5 x 43.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1981.25.2042
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
birds | boats | canal | cliffs | geology | gorge | grazing | landscape | leisure | limestone | livestock | men | river | science | sheep | shepherds | shipping | ships | trees
Associated Places:
Avon | Bristol Channel | England | Europe | United Kingdom
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:10610
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Samuel Jackson, native of Bristol, took this view of the celebrated Avon Gorge looking out toward the Bristol Channel from Clifton Down. He includes several ships plying their trade on the Avon as emblems of Bristol’s importance as a major commercial port. But that commercial eminence had been based squarely on the transatlantic slave trade, which was abolished by Act of Parliament in 18o7 prior to the total ending of slavery itself in 1833. Thereafter Bristol’s fortunes began to decline, and this awkward passage up and down the Avon, however scenic, became increasingly unsuitable for larger, modern commercial shipping.

Gallery label for Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-06-09 - 2008-08-17)

Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-06-09 - 2008-08-17) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (The State Hermitage Museum, 2007-10-23 - 2008-01-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2007-07-11 - 2007-09-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Yale Center for British Art, Great British watercolors : from the Paul Mellon Collection, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2007, pp. 162-63, no. 70, ND1928 .Y35 2007 (LC)+ Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]


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