To the Trustees and Directors of the Phoenix Fire-Office. This Work is most Respectfully Dedicated by Their much Obliged Obedient Humble Servant. R: Horwood.Explanation. Dwelling Houses Engraved...Churches Chapels &c...Inns of Court...Stabling Warehouses &c &c...Boundaries of Parishes...The Public will observe that there are many Streets &c where the Numbers are omitted, such are either without Numbers, or are so very irregular and frequently changed that they could not with propiety be inserted. It may be observed that the Numbers in the Strand, Fleet Street, Holborn &c are irregular, but in those long Streets the Proprietor though it necessary to insert them particularly as they are much less liable to alteration. As in many parts of the Town the Houses are too small to admit two figures_abreast it was thought best to put them in the following Order....which will be as well understood, look much neater and be more easily erased and corrected. Should the Commissioners appointed for that purpose, and the Parishes think proper at any future period to make a regulation in the Numbring, The Proprietor would in that Case with pleasure furnish any Gentleman who may desire it, with a New Sett of Impressions in exchange for the Old, at a trifling expence. The Proprietor thinks it his Duty to state to the Public, that he never pledged himself to show the interior or extent of the back parts of the Premises...The Proprietor will make any addition required at the least possible expence.
Etching and engraving, original outline colour. Plate 573 x 1035mm. 22½ x 40¾". Slight ink offset, bottom right corner patched.
A plate from cartographer Richard Horwood's 'Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster the Borough of Southwark and Parts adjoining Shewing every House'. This magnificent map was made up of 32 such sheets, published sheet by sheet between 1792 and 1799. Horwood (1758 - 1803) intended originally to show every house and its number but this was to prove impossible: Although every house is included the numbering was never completed. Horwood dedicated this map to the Trustees and Directors of the Phoenix Fire Office, reflecting that the protection of London from fire was at this time the reserve of numerous independent company brigades. This sheet, watermarked 'Horwood's Plan of London', covers Deptford and a small piece of the Isle of Dogs, with the details of 'His Majesty's Dock Yard deliberately blank.
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