Thomas Abiel Prior
17.5 x 10 inches
Steel plate engraving by Prior, published in London in 1883.
A quintessentially Victorian view, published in "English Landscapes & Views" by Roberts and Leete of London in 1883. This series of arcadian or maritime views, revels in a cherished view of the English landscape that was already under threat from the impact of the Industrial Revolution. Here the town appears to sit harmoniously alongside the natural world and although much of what is depicted is still familiar we can only yearn for a bucolic way of life that is now all but lost.