The Ports of England series was launched by Thomas Lupton, who led the way in using steel-faced mezzotint plates. Lupton had successfully used the technique for
the recent Rivers of England prints. In advertising the publication of The Ports
of England Lupton stressed the patriotic importance of the subject 'in a maritime nation like England'.
Scarborough's magnificent twelfth-century castle and precipitous cliffs dominate this view. The foreground shows the town's extremely shallow harbour, where at low tide boats were beached and the sand exposed for shrimpers.