South West View Of The New Royal Exchange, William Tite, F.R.S. F.G.S. Architect.
Stationers' Almanack, 1841. [Chiswick: Printed by C. Whittingham, for the Company of Stationers]
Steel engraving, sheet 245 x 450mm. 9¾ x 17¾". Trimmed within plate; creasing.
'The design by Sir William Tite (1798-1873) for the third Royal Exchange, as if viewed from the west end of Cornhill. Since the building was not completed for another three years, it must have been based on the architect's perspective' (Hyde). The Royal Exchange as built (and still standing) differs in several ways from this design, although these were decorative- the structure of the building was fundamentally the same. Engraved for the Stationers' Almanack, published by the Stationers' Company since 1747, a single-sheet which consisted of calendar text set out beneath an engraved headpiece that recorded significant events of the preceeding year. At the end of the year, when the almanack was taken down, the engraved headpieces (such as this) would be separated from the text and kept.
Ralph Hyde, 'London Displayed: Headpieces from the Stationers' Almanacks', p.40.
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