Birmingham

 
Series
The Copper-Plate Magazine
Engraver
Creation date
Materials
engraving
Dimensions
4 1/4 x 6 1/2 in (image) 5 13/16 x 7 7/8 in (plate) 7 3/4 x 10 1/4 in (sheet)
Credit line
Bequest of Kurt F. Pantzer
Accession number
80.804
Collection
Not Currently On View

Birmingham was not picturesque, but a rapidly expanding city of 73,000 in the early years of the Industrial Revolution thanks to nearby coal fields and the newly opened Oxford Canal, which Turner featured in the foreground.

"The city is extremely populous and is daily increasing in size and wealth.  The inhabitants of both sexes, from infancy to old age are all employed in some branch of the various manufacturies carried on here."
-The Itinerant, 1798
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