An Exact View of London Bridge Since the Conflagration of the Late Temporary Bridge [c.1758].
Publishd by H. Bryer No.28. Cornhill London [n.d., this impression c.1780].
Scarce etching on laid paper, image 195 x 335mm. 7¾ x 13¼". Trimmed unevenly to platemark. Vertical crease through right side.
A fascinating view of London Bridge on the River Thames, partially demolished; barges, ferries and sailing bats on the river in foreground. Because of terrible congestion on the Bridge an Act of Parliament was passed in June 1756, giving permission to demolish the shops and houses for which the bridge was famous, with work carried out 1758–62. as part of the rebuilding the two centre arches were replaced with a single span to improve navigation up river. During the work a temporary wooden span structure caught fire, 11th April, blocking the bridge. Fortunately the wind blew the flames away from the remaining buildings (and the City), so the effects were not as devastating as they could have been. This plate was originally published by William Herbert, as a broadside with a letterpress history of London Bridge.
See BM 1866,0407.270 for the broadside.
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