Joseph Josiah Dodd was born in 1810 in Liverpool. His family later moved to Tonbridge, Kent. During the 1830s he gained a reputation as a topographical artist and engraver. In 1835, Queen Victoria was presented with a volume of Dodd’s watercolours of Tonbridge when she visited the town. Dodd was exhibiting his work at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists at this time. He lived for a year in Paris from 1838, after which he spent his remaining years in Lancashire and Wales. He taught drawing, geometry, perspective and architectural drawing at the Manchester School of Design in the 1840s, before moving his family to Bangor in about 1859. He spent his final years in Oldham, Lancashire, where he died aged 86.
sd & insbr: Old London Bridge / in 1745 / J J Dodd. 1863 ; on old backing sheet: Old London Bridge as it appeared with the Houses on as 1745. Drawn by Joseph J Dodd of 4 Bryn Dinas Villas, Cae Lleppa, Bangor NW. For Mr James Nixon, Park Place, Bangor NW. For authority see George 4th Library British Museum London.
Probably sold through Christie's, London, on 19 July 1977 (Lot 190); with Oscar & Peter Johnson; from whom purchased by the Department of the Environment in July 1977
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