Sandgate In Kent, With Romney Marsh In The Distance
Published July 1st. 1812, by W. Findlater, 7 Bolton Row, Piccadilly.
Drawn and etched by wm. findlater. aquatinted by r. and d. havell.
Hand-coloured aquatint 18 x 11 inches, mounted suitable for framing, overall size 26 x 18.5 inches. View from next to Martello tower No.4 on the Leas, which is shown garrisoned. The foreground is doted with figures including off duty soldiers. We overlook the High Street and Military Road and the post-Napoleonic Castle. Details include horse-drawn vehicles, boats and bathing machines drawn up on the foreshore and sailing vessels offshore. Rows of Martello towers line the heights and the coast of Romney Marsh seen across Hythe Bay to Dungeness. A fine example with good original colouring. A separately issued large aquatint of great rarity. This view which first appeared in much smaller format in The Little Sea Torch; or, True Guide for Coasting Pilots, by J. T. Serres (1801). It is taken from the best vantage point overlooking Sandgate at the end of the Leas and the same viewpoint has been selected by numerous artists. This view is perhaps the best of the several which appeared in the early nineteenth century in both size and accuracy and graphically depict the major changes to coastal fortifications brought about by the Napoleonic invasion scare.
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