Benjamin Cole for Stow's Survey.
St. James's Palace and Parts Adjacent.
18.5 x 13.5 inches
A copper plate engraving by Benjamin Cole issued in Stow's Survey of London in 1754.
This image of St. James's has the advantage of being both intimate in the detail it shows of the palace and gardens but also far reaching in the perspective it offers of the city beyond. The Mall, as we know it today, is shown as a tree lined avenue largely given over to the fashionable promenade. St. James's Church and the adjacent square can be seen to the rear left and the magnificent dome of St. Paul's Cathedral dominates the skyline in the far distance. This was a city proud of its achievements and in a state of rapid expansion; pitching to become one of the most commercially important and architecturally impressive places in Europe.