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Print made by William Daniell, 1769–1837
Published by William Daniell, 1769–1837
A View of the Commercial Docks at Rotherhithe
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Collective Title: Views of the London Docks

Materials & Techniques:
Etching and aquatint with hand coloring in watercolor
Sheet: 20 1/4 x 33 1/4in. (51.4 x 84.5cm)

Collector's mark, verso: Paul Mellon

Lettered below image: "A View of the Commercial Docks at Rotherhithe. | This undertaking has a just claim to preeminence embracing as it does what was formerly called Greenland Dock being the first Wet Dock that was constructed in the River Thames now more than a century back. — These Docks are intended to receive the Shipping employed in the Trade from America and the north of Europe, to land and stow their Cargoes consisting of Timber, Wood-Goods, Hemp, Corn, Iron, Tar &c. &c. &c. and to extend the Bonding System to those Articles thereby affording accommodation to a numerous Class of Shipping with increased Security to the Revenue and to the Importers. — There are Five Docks in one of which the Greenland Oil Ships are accommodated and their Cargoes expeditiously boiled and Warehoused by the Dock Company in most excellent Cellars properly adapted for the prevention of Waste or Leakage. The Companys Premises in their present state extend over Seventy Acres of Ground. — The Surface of Water and of the Docks measures Forty Acres and the rest is occupied by extensive Warehouses, Bonding Yards, Wharfs &c. — The extent and Utility of these Docks entitle them to be considered as forming a most interesting and gratifying Commercial improvement within the Port of London and may be justly ranked as one of the Splendid National Works of the present AEra. — The Company is incorporated by the Act of Parliament and the business is conducted by Twelve Directors Viz Sir Charles Price Bart MP Chairman — John St. Barbe Esqr. Deputy Chairman — John Attersol Esqr M.P. — John Boulcott Esqr. — William Browning Esqr. — Perrot Fenton Esqr'. — Alexr. Glennie Esqr. — Geo. Grote Esqr. — Richard Harford Esqr. — Thos. Horncastle Esqr. — William T. Robinson Esqr. — Robert Ward Esqr. M.P. — James Walker Engineer — B. Gilbeck Superintendent — Fred. Hippins Secretary. | To the Chairman, Deputy Chairman, and the other Directors of the Commercial Dock Company this Plate is inscribed by their obedient servant William Daniell'.

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