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William Daniell, 1769–1837, British
after William Daniell, 1769–1837, British

West India Dock

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London Docks: 6 Views: West India Trade, 1802

Colored aquatint
Sheet: 18 1/4 x 31 1/2in. (46.4 x 80cm)

Lettered below image: An Elevated View of the New Docks & Warehouses now constructing on the Isle of Dogs near Limehouse for the reception & accommodation of Shipping in the West India Trade,| representing the General appearance, when finished, of that magnificent & truly national work: of which a great part, by the energy, spirit, & perseverance of the Directors appointed to superintend its execution, has been actually completed in the short space of little more than two years from its commencement in Feb y. 1800, insomuch that on the 27 of Augst. 1802 the Thames was permitted to flow into the larger bason, which is 2600 feet in length containing | an Area of thirty Acres: & two Ships, the Henry Addington & Echo, being the first Vessels admitted, were received amidst the shouts of an immense concourse of spectators assembled to behold a scene so highly interesting to every well-wisher to the prosperity & glory of his Country. The Canal on the left, running parallel to the Docks, is executing by the Corporation of London for the purpose of facilitating the navigation of the River, in affording | an opportunity for Shipping to avoid its circuitous & often dangerous course round the Isle of Dogs: A Work co-operating with the other in the same grand Object which is to give at once Activity & Security to the Commerce of the Metropolis. To the Chairman, Deputy Chairman, & Directors of the West India Dock Company this Print is with their permission inscribed by their Obedient & obliged Servant William Daniell; below at center: Drawn & Engraved by Wm. Daniell, & Published by him at No. 9 Cleveland Street, Fitzroy Square, London. Octr. 15, 1802.

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Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
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