The Thames from Somerset House Terrace towards the city (top), and towards Westminster (bottom), by Canaletto, c1750.
From a gallery of images accompanying the BBC’s 18th Century season.
Cold-Bath Fields Prison
This print represents an interior view of the prison, with two of the culprits at hard labour, in which they are employed for an hour at a time. The view is taken from the Water-Engine Court, where they are at work; through the opening of the arch appears part of the chapel. The instant exhibits the turn-key bringing two fresh men to relieve those who have completed their task: the alacrity in the looks of the men who are working, at the appearance of the other delinquents, is aptly contrasted with the surly brutality of the one, and almost stupid insensibility of the other; they neither of them appear to be thoroughly broke in to the discipline of the house. There is something magisterially characteristic in the tout-ensemble of the gaoler. The general effect is broad and interesting, and the perspective unexceptionable.
From Ackermann’s Microcosm of London, 1808 (1904 edition).