Thistlethwaite Americana | View of the Rock Bridge
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View of the Rock Bridge

Engraved by Isaac Weld

Dated 1798

Copperplate engraving

12″ H; 9.25″ W


In 1855, Mary Jane Boggs wrote, “As to attempting a description of the Bridge, it would be preposterous an idea as that of making a picture of it.”  Nonetheless, this early image succeeds rather well.  It appeared in the travelogue of Dublin-born topographical artist Isaac Weld, published in three editions, 1798-1800.  Weld’s engraving was soon reproduced in other publications.


Provenance: The Thomas A. Gray Collection

The Estate of Dr. & Mrs. R. Lewis Wright


WHY WE LOVE IT: Some travelers to Natural Bridge complained that the experience of viewing it was impossible to replicate. The early interpretation was a good attempt at showing the world the beauty of Natural Bridge.