London Fire Engines.The Nobel Protectors of Lives & Property. Dedicated to the Insurance Offices, by their Obedient Servant, Thos. McLean.
Published by Thos. McLean, 26 Haymarket. [n.d., c.1830].
Hand coloured aquatint with etching. Printed area: 520 x 750mm (20¼ x 29½"). Unexamined out of frame. Slightly time stained.
A night scene in London, showing three horse-drawn fire engines racing down a street towards a burning building on the far left, where a group of firemen are spraying a hose into the upper window. Many figures on the street are watching and running towards the scene, with several more watching from the windows above shops; 'Corn Dealer and Hay Salesman', 'Haberdasher and Silk Mercer' and 'Cabinet Maker, Upholster and Undertaker'. The fire engines are inscribed, from left to right, 'County Fire Office, [Reg]ent Street', 'Westminster Fire Office, Established 1717, King Street Covent Garden', and 'Phoenix Fire Office, Lombard Street & Charing Cross'.
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