An Exact View of London Bridge Since the Conflagration of the Late Temporary Bridge.
Etching with engraving, paper watermarked. Sheet 210 x 345mm (8¼ x 13½"). Trimmed, fold to right. Toning around fold; bottom right corner missing.
A view of London Bridge from upstream, with a collapsed section. 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 in 1756, as a broadside with a letterpress history of London Bridge.
RRM: 1998.60.2. See Collage: q6887317 [for full broadside]. See Ref: 23531 for later impression.
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