Isaac and Ede Antique Prints
Bowles London Thames

Thomas Bowles

The South West Prospect of London
From Somerset Gardens to the Tower

22 x 16 inches

An etching in striking original hand colour, drawn and engraved by Thomas Bowles and published by Carington Bowles in London circa 1750.

This panorama of London and the Thames has it all. St. Paul's Cathedral dominates the view and is surrounded by a plethora of majestic spires and towers. It is the very scene that inspired Wordsworth to write his famous sonnet, Composed upon Westminster Bridge in 1802.

This City now doth like a garment wear,
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie,
Open unto the fields and the sky...

Other notable landmarks include London Bridge, the Monument to the Fire of London and the imperious Tower itself, just visible in the distance. The text under the print is in both English and French, a reminder of the commercial importance to print dealers of the Parisian market. Also of note is the fact that this all-consuming view of the city has been kept very much "in house" with no work outsourced. It is drawn, engraved and even printed by members of the Bowles family!


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