Joseph Stadler after Joseph Farrington
View of London Bridge, Including the Church of St Magnus, and the Monument
25 x 18 inches
Aquatint and etching in original printed colour, engraved by Joseph Stadler after the painting by Joseph Farrington and published in London in 1790.
This subtle and atmospheric panorama has been printed in sepia and grey inks giving it a distinctive and delicate appearance. The technique enables the bridge to stand out in contrast to the more sensitively drafted background. The original London Bridge was modified between 1758 and 1762 when the houses were removed and two of the central arches were replaced with a single navigation span, as illustrated in this magnificent print. It was, of course, eventually superseded in the 1820's by a new bridge built further upstream but survived until the latter half of the C20th when it was dismantled and shipped to Arizona in the United States.