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Old London Bridge

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  • Title (object)

    • Old London Bridge
  • Description

    Design to illustrate the lid for the boxes formed out of timber from the foundations of old London Bridge. c.1830
    Woodcut and letterpress

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1830 (c.)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 197 millimetres
    • Width: 128 millimetres (sheet)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with title enveloped within description of object: "The above Design is intended to illustrate the Lid of Boxes formed out of the Timber taken from the foundations of the Piers of the original Old London Bridge. / The date of its erection, according to Stow's authority, is 1176. / It represents the City Arms in the centre, with the Cap of Maintenance over. On the right hand side is the Arms of the Borough of Southwark, and on the left is represented the Monogram of the original Architect of the Bridge, Peter, a Priest, of St. Mary Cole Church. / William Knight".
  • Bibliography

    • Crace VII.51* bibliographic details
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    Crace Collection main series

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Design to illustrate the lid for the boxes formed out of timber from the foundations of old London Bridge.  c.1830
Woodcut and letterpress

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