View of Prior Park and the Palladian Bridge, Bath c.1740-1770
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At least 7 of the sketches concentrate on Prior Park; this watercolour view of the Palladian Bridge, built by Richard Jones in c.1755, towards the Palladian Mansion house at Prior Park designed by John Wood (1704-1754) in 1728. This sketch includes a rare view of the central cascade with heavy planting on either side, running down the centre of the combe towards the lakes. The cascade was swept away by Capability Brown when he developed the area into parkland in the early 1760s. The sketchbook page includes another pencil sketch, possibly drawn by another hand, of an octagonal lodge, which may refer to the thatched octagonal house shown on the Thorpe & Overton map of the Prior Park estate. This is possibly the building whose foundations have recently been uncovered close to the ice-house near the lakes at Prior Park. From a collection of 45 sketches of Bath by Thomas Robins the Elder (1716-1770). By kind permission of V&A Images.
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