A General View of the City of London, next the River Thames.
22 x 17 inches
A copper plate engraving in vibrant, original hand colour, drawn and engraved by Thomas Bowles and published in London by Laurie and Whittle in 1794.
The quintessential perspective of C18th London, this view has everything one would wish for. It looks west down the majestic sweep of the Thames towards Westminster and begins at the point where Tower Bridge now crosses the river. The Tower of London appears on the immediate right, followed by the Monument and St. Paul's. In the distance lie the two towers of Westminster Abbey. The closely packed residential streets, the commercial activity along the quayside and the plethora of elegant church spires remind us what a vibrant and important city London had become by the end of the 1700s.