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Priory Gate, Clerkenwell

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Priory Gate, Clerkenwell
  • Description

    View looking through the arches of the gate, once part of the priory of St John of Jerusalem; a vaulted ceiling between arches, a man with his horse passing through; letterpress text printed on sheet below; illustration to the 'Antiquarian and Topographical Cabinet'. 1811
    Etching and letterpress


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1811
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 99 millimetres (trimmed)
    • Width: 101 millimetres
    • Height: 184 millimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 110 millimetres (sheet)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with production details: "Engrav'd by J Storer from a drawing by H Gastineau for the Antiquarian & Topographical Cabinet"; below the title in letterpress, followed by two columns of text, beginning "This magnificent Gate is the only existing member of the priory of St John of Jerusalem, the buildings of which were of considerable extent, and occupied the ground now called St John's Square, and parts adjacent....", and ending, "The last prior was sir William Weston, who upon the suppression, had a pension assigned him of 1000l. per annum, but he died of a broken heart, in the year 1540, on the very day that the priory was suppressed. The house and church remained entire during the reign of Henry VIII, who kept here his tents and toils for the chace; afterwards the church, which was remarkable for the beauty of its tower, was blown up with gunpowder, by order of the portector, Somerset, and the stones used for building his palace in the Strand".
  • Curator's comments

    For comment see 1880,1113.3476

  • Bibliography

    • Adams (London) 118.6 bibliographic details
  • Location

    BH/FF10/London Topography

  • Associated places

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: The Antiquarian and Topographical Cabinet
  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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