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The Old East India House in Leadenhall Street 1648 to 1726

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  • Title (object)

    • The Old East India House in Leadenhall Street 1648 to 1726
  • Description

    View of the building before it was rebuilt in 1726, showing the old timber frame, and with images of sailing boats, fish and a statue at the top, a coat of arms below, man standing near entrance; a paragraph of letterpress on the history of the company below the image; copy after an old Dutch painting. c.1830
    Etching with letterpress


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1820-1840
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 123 millimetres
    • Width: 87 millimetres (plate mark)
    • Height: 226 millimetres
    • Width: 145 millimetres (sheet)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with title, followed by "From a painting in the possession of Mr Pulham of the India House 12 Inches by 8", and above image in Dutch "Het Huis Van Den Oost Indische Compagnie in Londen", and with fifteen lines of letterpress below image, beginning "The earliest information relating to the establishment of the East India Company is to be gathered from the account of a meeting of London Merchants..."
  • Curator's comments

    This is possibly a page from a small book or pamphlet on London.

  • Location

    BH/FF10/London Topography

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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