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'Sir Hugh Middleton's Glory', engraving, London, England, 1800

The engraving recalls Sir Hugh Middleton’s (d. 1631) ambitious achievement in bringing a stream of fresh clean water to North London from springs 22 miles away. Middleton (sometimes spelt Myddleton), a Welsh goldsmith based in London, took on the work in 1609. In 1613, the New River Head reservoir in Hertfordshire, built as part of the scheme to provide water for London, was completed. This print shows the first water flowing into the reservoir while a group of men, including the Lord Mayor of London (Middleton’s brother), look on. The whole project ruined Middleton financially as the scheme rarely made a profit. The print was engraved by George Bickman and published by Laurie & Whittle.

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1987-626

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Glossary: print

Pictorial works produced by transferring images by means of a matrix such as a plate, block, or screen, using any of various printing processes. When emphasizing the individual printed image, use "impressions." Avoid the controversial expression "original prints," except in reference to discussions of the expression's use. If prints are neither "reproductive prints" nor "popular prints," use just "prints."

Glossary: engraving

A technique to obtain prints from an engraved surface. Engraving is the practice of cutting into a hard, usually flat surface.