[London Illustrated New Panorama View of London and the River Thames].
15 x 97 in (38.1 x 246.38 cm)
This is a scarce 1845 London Illustrated News panorama of London, England. Measuring some 96 inches long, this enormous production presents a birds-eye view of London as seen from far above the southern shore of the Thames, covering from Vauxhall to Greenwich. There is much of interest throughout, from lively shipping at the East and West India Docks; to Nelson's Column, only erected three years before; to the short-lived Hungerford Suspension Bridge (1845-1862, when it was removed and the chain used on the Clifton Suspension Bridge over the Avon); and Buckingham Palace, completed in 1837, still with the Marble Arch as the gateway (re-erected in Hyde Park 1851).
A View of a World CapitalWhen this view was drawn, London was the world's greatest metropolis and the center of a global empire. The vibrant river traffic, grand buildings, crowded docks, billowing smokestacks, and sheer size of this panorama were doubtless intended to impress upon the Londoner, and indeed the world, the magnificence of their capital.
Publication HistoryThis view was completed by Smyth and published in two panels as a supplement to the January 11, 1845 edition of the London Illustrated News. It is a woodblock engraving on six blocks which were joined prior to printing. Both the top and bottom margins of this example, which bore the title and publisher, have been removed, eliminating their distracting tendency and leaving only this spectacular view of London at the height of its power.
Illustrated London News (1842 - 1971) was one of the world's first weekly news magazines It was first published by Herbert Ingram and Mark Lemon (of Punch fame) in 1842. The lavishly illustrated magazine slowly gained popularity and continued to be published on a weekly basis until 1971. Today the Illustrated London News is the Illustrated London News Group and publishes bi-annually. Learn More...
Good. Mounted on linen. Areas of loss along upper border. Even overall toning. Upper and lower margins cut to border removing both title and publisher information. Blank on verso.