Bristol then and now: ‘A Popular History of Bristol’

Posted on by Lauren MacCarthy.

by Allie Dillon, City Archivist

A new addition to Bristol Archives is a pair of albums of photographs and illustrations which belonged to local author George Pryce FSA (1801-1868).

The images are the original artworks for his book A Popular History of Bristol, published in 1861. The volumes were purchased for our collections thanks to the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives.

George Pryce was city librarian from 1856 until his death. He wrote several books on Bristol’s history and he was instrumental in acquiring the Central Library’s collection of local material, which is still held there.

At Bristol Archives, we hold copies of his published works alongside his handwritten research notes and drafts.

The two albums contain over 40 photographic prints and around 60 watercolour sketches by George Pryce, as well as numerous engraved prints and maps.

These images of the city are mainly architectural in nature.

Four are salt prints from calotype negatives, which we believe were taken by John Wheeley Gough Gutch (1808-1862), a pioneer photographer from Bristol.

These volumes are now publicly available for research (ref. 46207).

2 comments on “Bristol then and now: ‘A Popular History of Bristol’

  1. Nick Howes

    46207 does not come up in the online catalogue search


    1. Allie Dillon (Bristol Archives)

      Hi Nick and thanks for your comment. Our online catalogue is updated periodically and the entry isn’t online just yet – however, if you’d like to see the volumes, they are available in our searchroom using this reference number.


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