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The view of London Bridge from East to West

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  • Title (object)

    • The view of London Bridge from East to West
  • Description

    A long view of old London bridge with houses built along it, with three columns of explanatory letterpress printed beneath; a copy c.1804 of the original plate by John Norden of 1597

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1597
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 299 millimetres
    • Width: 525 millimetres (platemark)
    • Height: 375 millimetres (sheet)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        With engraved ltitle at the top, and three columns of letterpress below containing a letter to John Gore, the Lord Mayor of London, and a description of the bridge, both by Norden.
  • Curator's comments

    This is an antiquarian copy, made c.1804, of the original plate by Norden of 1597, of which the only two impressions known to Hind were in the Folger Library in Washington; a third impression was acquired by the Guildhall Library in 1986. Hind lists four states of this copy, of which this is the fourth.


  • Bibliography

    • Hind I.197.1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XVIc Mounted Imp

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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