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VERTUE, George.

A View of the West Front of the Chappel dedicated to St. Thomas on London Bridge also the Inside View from West to East of the said Chappal as it was first built, Ano. 1209

Published: Vetusta Monumenta. George Vertue, Brownlow Street. 1748.

Stock code: 54633

Price: £250

Sale Price: £100

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A handsome view of the interior and exterior of St. Thomas Chapel on the old London Bridge. At centre of the engraving is a view of ‘London bridge as it was first built in 1209’. The lower third of the plate contains a history of the bridge set in an emblematic architectural frame. In the days before photography, engravings, such as this magnificent example, were how visual historical records were kept. George Vertue, was employed by the Society of Antiquaries for this task, and made many engravings from paintings, plans and maps. The Society of Antiquaries in London still possesses the original plates, but early prints such as this present example drawn from these plates are not often found.

Copper engraving. Uncoloured. Fine condition. Beautifully crisp and clean. Good margins. Size: 49 x 54 cm. (19 x 21 inches).

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