Sir Hugh Myddelton, Welsh goldsmith and engineer, c 1620s.

Walker, Anthony

 
Sir Hugh Myddelton, Welsh goldsmith and engineer, c 1620s.
4 0 c m
 
28cm
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm

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Engraving by Anthony Walker, 1751, after an original work by C I, 1632. Hugh Myddleton (1560-1631) traded as a banker, goldsmith and clothmaker. He became famous for the New River project (begun in 1609), designed to improve the water supply in London. A canal 38 miles in length, from a reservoir in Hertfordshire called New River Head, was completed in 1613. In 1617, Myddleton obtained large profits from lead and silver mines in Cardiganshire in Wales. He was created a baronet in 1622. Published for the 'Universal Magazine' by J Hinton, London, 1751.

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