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A true and exact propect of the famous citty of London ... before the fire [and] ... after the sad calamitie and destruction by Fire in the yeare MDCLXVI

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  • Title (object)

    • A true and exact propect of the famous citty of London ... before the fire [and] ... after the sad calamitie and destruction by Fire in the yeare MDCLXVI
  • Description

    Long view of London before and after the Great Fire of 1666, shown in two bands one above the other, each with its own title and with a key to the buildings along the bottom. 1666
    Etching, printed from two plates joined down the centre

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  • Date

    • 1666
  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 224 millimetres
    • Width: 678 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title above "A TRVE AND EXACT PROSPECT OF THE FAMOVS CITTY OF LONDON FROM S:t MARIE OVERS STEEPLE IN SOUTHWARKE IN ITS FLOURISHING CONDITION BEFORE THE FIRE designed by W: Hollar of Prage, Boh:cn". Title across centre "ANOTHER PROSPECT OF THE SAYD CITTY TAKEN FROM THE SAME PLACE AS IT APPEARETH NOW AFTER THE SAD CALAMITIE AND DESTRVCTION BY FIRE. In the Yeare M.DC. LXVI". Signed in lower right "Wenceslaus Hollar delin et sculp 1666,". Along the bottom of the design in two compartments, separated by London Bridge, is a key to the buildings in 17 and 3 columns of text repectively numbered 1-50 and 51-58. At upper centre "LONDON" and in the water "THE RIVER THAMES".
  • Curator's comments

    See R. Godfrey, 'Wenceslaus Hollar: A Bohemian Artist in England', New Haven and London, 1994, no. 105.

  • Bibliography

    • Pennington 1015.I bibliographic details
    • Hind 19 bibliographic details
    • New Hollstein 1917.I (Hollar) bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XVIIc Panoramic

  • Exhibition history

    2003/4 July-Jan, Manchester, The Lowry, The Impossible View
    2009 Apr-Aug BM, P&D, Room 90, British Printed Images to 1700

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  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Great Fire of London
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    Prints & Drawings

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