Interior View of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul.To the Right Reverend William van Mildert, D.D. Lord Bishop of Llandaff and Dean of St Pauls This Interior View of the Cathedral, is respectfully dedicated by his most obedient & Humble Servant Josiah Taylor.
Published by M. Taylor, 1 Wellington St. Strand. [n.d., c.1835.]
Etching. 685 x 540mm, 27 x 21½". Repaired tear in margin.
View of Christopher Wren's St Paul's Cathedral, with light flooding down from the dome. Coney (1786-1833) seems to have been influenced by the work of Piranesi and Rossini: this view has been framed by Corinthian-style columns and architrave, and the perspective has been skewed to show a better view of the painted ceilings of the dome. Originally published by Josiah Taylor (1761-1834), who specialised in architectural prints and books, this example was published by his nephew and successor Martin Taylor (1788-1867). Apparently Martin contested his uncle's will, asserting that the Josiah's stock belonged to the business not the estate. He lost, having been described by the judge as a vexatious litigant, the stock was sold off and Martin Taylor had to downsize his business, moving from Josiah's 'Architectural Library' in High Holborn to smaller premises off the Strand.
See BM: 1882,0114.44 for a proof example.
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