Paris, L. Turgis J.ne Imp.r Editeur, r. des Ecoles, 60_ Maison à New-York. [c.1865.]
Tinted lithograph. Printed area 390 x 495mm, 15½ x 19½". Framed. Unexamined out of frame.
A balloon-view of London taken from above Vauxhall, with a 32-point key. The Houses of Parliament and Lambeth Palace are lower left, St George's Circus and Bethlehem Hospital (now the Imperial War Museum) lower right. Other landmarks in the key are Buckingham Palace, Regents Park, St Paul's, Monument and London Bridge. We have assigned the date of 1865 because of the Hungerford Railway Bridge of John Hawkshaw which opened in 1864 and a cursory depiction of Joseph Bazalgette's Victoria Embankent, started 1865 and not finished until 1870. Little is known about the artist, Charles François de Riffardeau, Duc de Rivière (1848-1920). He produced a volume 'Vues de Londres dessinées d'après nature et lithographiées' in 1862 (not including this prospect). His father (with the same name) was French ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, during which time he helped purchase the Venus de Milo for the Louvre.
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