'Iron Works, Colebrook Dale', 1805.
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Aquatint engraving by William Pickett, hand-coloured by John Clark, after an original work by Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg. Plate taken from 'The Romantic and Picturesque Scenery of England and Wales' (1805), published by Robert Bowyer. The scene depicted is a view towards the iron works along the riverside road, which is strewn with iron pipings. The Coalbrookdale Company was founded by Abraham Darby in 1707, and managed by members of the Darby family until 1849. The company is best known for the building of the world's first cast iron bridge, acros the Severn at Ironbridge, Shropshire, which was completed in 1781. Metalwork from the iron works was exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851.