Life in Elmbridge
In his series 'A Picturesque View on the River Thames', Ireland produced prints of Walton Bridge as part of his travels along the Thames.
Life outside of Elmbridge
Ireland started out as a weaver at Spitalfields, taking up etching and drawing in his spare time in his attempt to pursue a parallel career as a draughtsmen and engraver. This led to the award of a medal from the Society of Arts in 1760, and the opportunity for Ireland to exhibit a piece at their exhibition in 1765. By 1784 he was exhibiting pieces at the Royal Academy of Arts after becoming an honorary member.
Samuel Ireland was also a writer, and in 1790 he published 'A Picturesque Tour through Holland, Brabant and part of France made in the autumn of 1789'. In 1794 he released 'Graphic Illustrations of Hogarth, from Pictures, Drawings and Scarce Prints in the Authors Possession', and then in 1799 a second volume appeared. In 1800, just after his death, the series was concluded with 'Picturesque Views, with an Historic Account of the Inns and Court in London and Westminster' and in 1824 'Picturesque views on the River Severn'.
He died in July 1800.