The Royall Exchange Of London.Nobilissimo, Fortissimo, Consultissimo, Viro Domino, R: Ford Equiti Aurato Praetori. T: Cartwright.
[London: John Overton, first published 1671.] Cum Privilegio.
Engraving, 470 x 595mm. 18½ x 23½". Age toned; hole to centre of upper margin with tear into plate. Full margins. Some repairs.
The south façade, and a view of the inner courtyard with colonnade, of the Royal Exchange in the City of London, seen slightly from above; two angels in sky holding up a banner inscribed with title. Dedication to Sir Richard Ford by the builder, Thomas Cartwright, lower left, and two lines of Latin below image. The Royal Exchange was founded in 1565 by Sir Thomas Gresham to act as a centre of commerce for the city. The design was inspired by a bourse Gresham had seen in Antwerp. It was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth I who awarded the building its Royal title, on January 23, 1571. Gresham's original building was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. Gresham College, the first institution of higher learning in London, was established in 1597. An impressive print.
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