[Section showing St. Mary Somerset to Southwark Bridge, from 'View of the North Bank of the Thames from Westminster Bridge, to London Bridge. Shewing that Part of the Improvements Suggested by Lt.-Col. Trench, which is Intended to Carry into Execution.']
[published by Ackermann, 1825.]
Coloured lithograph, printed area 205 x 670mm. 10¾ x 26½".
Imagined view along River Thames showing the area between the site now occupied by the Millennium Bridge (on the left), and Southwark Bridge on the right. Landmarks annotated along bottom are 'Steel Yard', the Wren church of St Mary Somerset, Bow Church, Queenhithe Stairs, St James Garlick Hill (also designed by Wren), the British Copper Company, St Antholia on Watling Street (a church now destroyed but considered one of Wren's finest buildings), and St Michael College Hill. Colonel (later General Sir Frederick) Trench originated the idea of the Thames Embankment, for which a bill was (unsuccessfully) presented to Parliament in 1825. Revived, work on the Embankment started in 1864, although to a different design than is shown here. Drawn by Thomas Mann Baynes, the panorama shows the riverside as it appeared in 1825, from Westminster to London Bridge, with Trench's proposed embankment running from Whitehall to Blackfriars Bridge, with the skyline of London shown correctly above; this would have been one of nine lithographic sheets.
see R.Hyde, 'Panoramania!' (1988), see Abbey Life: 496
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