London and Westminster. 1669.
Aquatint in sepia, image 160 x 820mm. 6¼ x 32¼". Whatman Turkey Mill watermark. Two vertical folds (as issued) torn at lower edge, stabilised tears continue into lower part of image.
“Count L. Magalott, Travels of Cosmo the Third, Grand Duke of Tuscany, through England during the Reign of King Charles the Second 1669” (1821). In 1669 Cosimo de Medici III travelled through various countries, including England. He had in his retinue an artist to record the places he saw and Count Lorenzo Magalotti, who was entrusted with creating a written account. The illustrated manuscript was later deposited in the Laurentian Library, Florence, where the section on the English leg of his tour attracted the interest of English visitors. In the 19th century a translation was made along with Indian ink copies of the original drawings by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd. Those copies are now in the British Library Department of Manuscripts. Scaled down engravings in aquatint from these illustrate the 1821 translation. Panoramic view of Westminster and the City of London from Lambeth, looking across the River Thames to Westminster Abbey, and showing the built-up area from Millbank to the Tower of London. The remains of the old St.Paul's Cathedral with its Inigo Jones facade is to be seen, and numerous church towers that survived the Great Fire of London in 1666.
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