book of prints
- Museum number
- Object: Leigh's New Picture of London
"Leigh's New Picture of London; or, a View of the Political, Religious, Medical, Literary, Municipal, Commercial, and Moral state of The British Metropolis: Presenting a Luminous Guide to the Stranger, on all Subjects connected with General Information, Business, or Amusement. To which is subjoined, a Description of the Environs. [...] New Edition, Carefully Revised" (London: Samuel Leigh, 1823); containing etched folding frontispiece of 'The quadrant, Regent Street'; titlepage; prefatory address; table of contents; letterpress pages numbered 1-496 including general index, interleaved with 40 etched plates of views of significant buildings, including a folding map drawn and engraved by S. Hall and titled 'Leigh's new map of the environs of London'; additional letterpress pages numbered 1-35 including an index to the map; list of Leigh's recent publications. Bound together with the companion "Characteristic Sketches of the Lower Orders" by Thomas Rowlandson in original red leather with gold-embossed title.
Etchings, engraving, and hand-coloured etchings
- Production date
Height: 135 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 85 millimetres (approx. page size)
- Curator's comments
- The 'New Picture of London' was first published in 1820. This volume also includes, following the table of contents, Rowlandson's 'Characteristic sketches of the lower orders', a series of 54 humorous coloured etchings originally issued in 1820, published by Leigh to accompany the 'New Picture of London'; for description see 1878,0511.659. It was bound into the present volume at the Museum; a pencil annotation on the first sheet notes that pages 23-24 and 415-416, not present, were already missing when it was sent to the binders in February 1936.
The folding map is 1878,0511.750; 1878,0511.747 is a view of Montagu House, the old British Museum.
Separate catalogue entries have been created for the series of etchings by Rowlandson.
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Rowlandson's Characteristic Sketches of the Lower Orders
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- Prints and Drawings
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