The West Prospect of Chirk Castle in Denbighshire
Engravingoriginally published 1735
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Thomas Badeslade was a topographical artist and mapmaker, based in London. He produced several drawing of country houses for Dr. John Harris’s ‘History of Kent’ (1719) and for other similar publications. He later drew maps for ‘Chorographia Britanniae: or, A New Sett [sic] of Maps of all the Counties in England and Wales’, published as a ‘pocket volume’ in 1754. An advert for the publication describes Badeslade as a ‘surveyor’. He was also concerned with issues around the draining of the Fens and wrote ‘The history of the ancient and present state of the navigation of the port of King's Lyn, and of Cambridge’ (1725). In addition ‘Some Short and Plain Considerations’ by Badeslade were published in the ‘Manchester News-Letter’ in c.1728.
William Henry Toms was an engraver of portraits, ships and views of cities and castles in England. He lived at Union Court, Hoborn. He and his wife, Rachel, had a son, Peter (c.1726-1777), who would go on to be a painter. Toms had numerous apprentices during his career, including the engraver and printseller John Boydell. According to the diary of landscape painter Joseph Farington, Boydell described his master as ‘a very passionate man [who] committed many extravagances while his phrenzy [sic] lasted’.