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Brick making, 1821.

Dighton, Denis

Brick making, 1821.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


Lithograph by Denis Dighton, showing a small-scale brick making operation. Between 1801 and 1911, the population of Britain trebled to 45 million. In addition, the proportion of people living in towns increased from 20 to 80%. This rapid urbanisation made huge demands on the brick-making industry; by the middle of the 19th century, 500 million bricks were being produced every year in the London area alone. By 1900 virtually all bricks were machine-made. Printed and published at Rowney & Forster's Lithographic Pres, 51 Rathbone Place, London.

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