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[Collection of Two Unsigned Watercolour Street Views of Bristol, Titled on Verso:] St. John's Gate, Bristol; St. Augustine's Gate, Bristol.
Ca. 1870. Two watercolours on paper, each ca. 16,5x11 cm (6 ½ x 4 ¼ in). Period ink captions on versos. Very good watercolours, mounted together in a recent mat. Attractive bright watercolour views of the Church of St. John the Baptist built above St. John's Gate, now the last remaining Bristol's gateway, and the Great Gatehouse on the south side of College Green. The Church of St. John the Baptist "was built in the 14th century (and heavily modified in the 19th century) with the tower and steeple over St John's Gate, the last remaining city gateway. The church is very narrow as it is built into and alongside the city walls. Consequently it is also known as St John's on the Wall. Beneath the church is a vaulted crypt, which was dedicated to the Holy Cross. A conduit has supplied water from Brandon Hill since 1374, and the course of the pipe is marked in places by small plaques set into the pavements" (Wikipedia). "The Great Gatehouse, also known as the Abbey Gatehouse, is a historic building on the south side of College Green in Bristol, England. Its earliest parts date back to around 1170. It was the gatehouse for St Augustine's Abbey, which was the precursor of Bristol Cathedral. The gatehouse stands to the cathedral's west, and to its own west it is abutted by the Bristol Central Library building. The library's architectural design incorporated many of the gatehouse's features. The sculptural decorations on the archways of the gatehouse contain early examples of the use of pointed arches in England. The gatehouse has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building" (Wikipedia).