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A Large and Accurate Map of the City of London

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1857,0613.297

  • Title (object)

    • A Large and Accurate Map of the City of London
  • Description

    Ogilby and Morgan's map of London encompassing Clerkenwell and Shoreditch in the north, to the middle of the Thames in the south and Goodman's Fields and East Smithfield in the east to Gray's Inn lane, Lincoln's Inn and Somerset House in the west; with numbers 1-10 on the vertical axis and 1-20 on the horizontal; printed from twenty plates in four horizontal rows [I-V by I-XVI]; state after additions, such as Baynard's Castle on the waterfront in plate XVII.
    Etching and engraving, with hand-colouring

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1677
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 1420 millimetres (total image, including numbered axes, approx)
    • Width: 4005 millimetres
    • Height: 251 millimetres (top row plates (as given by Pennington))
    • Width: 502 millimetres
    • Height: 360 millimetres (second and third row plates)
    • Width: 502 millimetres
    • Height: 381 millimetres (bottom row plates)
    • Width: 502 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Labelled with street and place names, etc. within the image; with a dedication in a cartouche in upper left: 'To The Right Honrble: ye Ld. Maior Court of Alderman & Sheriffs This Most Accurate Survey Made by John Ogilby Esqr. And William Morgan Is dedicated and presented by your Honrs. most humble servant Will. Morgan his Matys. Cosmographr.'.
  • Curator's comments

    See the facsimile of this map published by Harry Margary, 1976, with an essay by Ralph Hyde.

    Pennington suggests that the words after 'Esqr.' in the cartouche, are an alteration. The crest in upper right is the arms of Joseph Sheldon, Lord Mayor 1675-6.
    This impression does not have the title, which was printed in letterpress and intended to be mounted above, continuing [according to Pennington] 'Ichnographically Describing all the Streets, Lanes, Alleys, CourtsYards, Churches, Halls and Houses, &c. Actually Surveyed and Delineated, By John Ogilby Esq: His Majesties Cosmographer'. The Guildhall Library possesses an impression with a twenty-first plate containing nine designs, chiefly decorative, with a cartouche containing a dedication from Morgan to Charles II, which could be placed between the title and the map, of which Pennington provides a full description.
    Pennington suggests that although it is under Ogilby's name, this may be all that remains of Hollar's great cartographical work on London which he mentions in his petition to the King, and of which Pepys and Evelyn speak. Vertue also mentions the map in a letter of 1749, reproduced in a facsimile edition of a pamphlet which Ogilby and Morgan issued to accompany the map in 1677, entitled 'London Survey'd: or, an explanation of the large map of London' and of which a copy is in the British Library. Vertue says of the map that it was: 'an unfinished work, partly by Hollar and other workmen, went by the name of Ogilby's Plan of London; and after I had published Hollar's works, I found it to be some part done by him'. This facsimile pamphlet was edited by Charles Welch and reprinted in 1895 to accompany the London & Middlesex Topographical Society's 1894 facsimile edition of the map.
    According to Pennington, plates I, II, IV and V are engraved and not by Hollar; plate III is partly etched but the work is probably not Hollar's; plates VI-XX are partly engraved, partly etched and the etched work seems to be Hollar's; the twenty-first plate is partly etched, but apparently not by Hollar.
    See also two single sheets (early state) Harleian 5956/1978,U.3542 and 3564

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  • Bibliography

    • Pennington 1982 1007.II bibliographic details
    • New Hollstein (German) 2346.III (Hollar) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIc Unmounted Portfolio)

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1857

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1857,0613.297

Map encompassing Clerkenwell and Shoreditch in the north, to the middle of the Thames in the south and Goodman's Fields and East Smithfield in the east to Gray's Inn lane, Lincoln's Inn and Somerset House in the west; with numbers 1-10 on the vertical axis and 1-20 on the horizontal; printed from twenty plates in four horizontal rows [I-V by I-XVI]; state after additions, such as Baynard's Castle on the waterfront in plate XVII.  Etching and engraving, with hand-colouring

Map encompassing Clerkenwell and Shoreditch in the north, to the middle of the Thames in the south and Goodman's Fields and East Smithfield in the east to Gray's Inn lane, Lincoln's Inn and Somerset House in the west; with numbers 1-10 on the vertical axis and 1-20 on the horizontal; printed from twenty plates in four horizontal rows [I-V by I-XVI]; state after additions, such as Baynard's Castle on the waterfront in plate XVII. Etching and engraving, with hand-colouring

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