The Cast Iron Bridge
"The Cast Iron Bridge" by William Williams 1780. Full Colour print. Coalbrookdale had attracted artists throughout the eighteenth century, who marvelled at the contrasts between the romantic landscape of the gorge and the flames and smoke of the thriving industries. The Iron Bridge in its many representations came to symbolise the dramatic changes underway, bridging the gap from the old world to the new. Abraham Darby III paid 10 guineas in 1780 to commission this painting of the Iron Bridge. Although the Bridge was then unfinished, Williams shows traffic crossing, admiring onlookers and hardly any industrial activity. Print measures 470mm x 640 mm (image 400mm x 480mm). Dispatched in a postal tube.
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