A South View of the New Custom House.Reduced from a Drawing by D. Laing, Esq.r the Architect.
London. Published April 1st 1817 at R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 101 Strand.
Aquatint, printed in colours and hand finished. 395 x 505mm, 15½ x 19¾. Unexamined out of frame.
David Laing (1774-1856) built the New Custom House in 1817 publishing a book chronicling his problems with the foundations the next year. Subsidence caused the building to collapse in 1825, causing the ruin of Laing's business. The view is from a series of eighteen 'Views of London' published by Ackermann between 1811 and 1822, engraved mostly from paintings by John Gendall and Thomas Shepherd; it is likely that one of these artists sketched Laing's drawing for engraving.
Adams; 221 item 6.
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