A Roman Canal [Lincolnshire] (after the water-colour drawing by Peter De Wint, 1784--1849). 1904. Mezzotint. Hardie 82.ii. 6 3/4 x 15 (sheet 15 4/1 x 22). Published by Robert Dunthorne. A fine impression printed in black on chine-appliqué affixed to white wove paper. $350. Housed in a black and silver wood frame $450.
Hardie writes, page 28: "From a boat on the canal men are loading hay onto a waggon with two horses; cattle, and meadows leading to trees, on the right."
The The Foss Dyke, or Fossdyke, connects the River Trent at Torksey to Lincoln, the county town of Lincolnshire, and may be the oldest canal in England that is still in use. It is usually thought to have been built around 120 AD by the Romans, but there is no consensus among authors. It was refurbished in 1121, during the reign of King Henry I, and responsibility for its maintenance was transferred to the city of Lincoln by King James I. Improvements made in 1671 included a navigable sluice or lock at Torksey, and warehousing and wharves were built at Brayford Pool in the centre of Lincoln.
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