Londinium Antiqua. This Plan shews the ancient extent of the famous cities of London and Westminster as it was near the begining of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth [...]
Engraving on pewter, two sheets (of eight) conjoined, total 355 x 940mm. Repairs to folds. Ink stamps of the Paul Mellon Collection on reverse.
The bottom left corner of a map of Tudor London, engraved on pewter by George Vertue from a comtemporary woodcut in the possession of Sir Hans Sloane. The strip here shows Westminster, Whitehall, Lambeth Palace and Charing Cross, the buildings south of the Strand and Fleet Street, to St Paul's Cathedral and Barnard's Castle. Under the title is a list of buildings not present, as a guide to dating the map. Three examples of an anonymous woodcut map of London c.1570 exist, all now in institutions. Vertue, an enthusiastic member of the Society of Antiquaries, researched the map and attributed it to Ralph Agas (c.1540-1621), solely on the basis of a letter in which Agas spoke of his intentions of making such a plan. The style is much the same as Braun & Hogenberg, with the buildings shown in profile, and many of the details are shared. However on this plan St Paul's Cathedral is without the spire hit by lighting and destroyed in 1561 (not shown here as the building runs off the top of the present sheet).
Howgego: Printed Maps of London 8, and the introduction pp.7 - 8.
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