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Print made by William Daniell, 1769–1837
Published by William Daniell, 1769–1837

A View of the London Dock

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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 LONDON DOCK. | This great national work, the primary object of which was to improve the port of London, besides affording extensive accommodation to shipping, provides equal security to the revenue & to commercial property. The space it occupies & enclosed by its boundary wall is upwards of forty five acres. The Dock, containing twenty acres, is 1260 feet in length, & 960 in breadth, & three acres are covered by the entrance bason & locks. The Tobacco Warehouse at the east end of the Dock spreads over an area of four acres; beneath which, & consequently of the same extent are commodious vaults for the reception of Wine & Brandy, & the five stacks of Warehouses on the north side are objects no less striking from their magnitude & stability. The facility afforded to business by the spacious sheds & excellent Machinery, together with every requisite convenience, render this vast mercantile concern one of the most complete in respect to utility, as it is in appearance one of the noblest works of the kind in the World. This Dock, begun in June 1802, was opened for Shipping on the 29th of January 1805, & its expence, including the purchase of ground with a view to its future extension eastward, has been upwards of two millions sterling. Drawn, Engraved & Published by William Daniell No. 9 Cleveland Street Fitzroy Square London, October 1st 1808."

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