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Views of London Before 1800

Tuesday 28 March 2017

1 Hour


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London historian Bernard Nurse discusses images of the capital and surrounding countryside in the Georgian period and earlier.

The London views form part of the Bodleian Library’s extensive Gough collection on British topography, providing an invaluable visual record. They include many unique and rare maps, manuscripts, prints and drawings as well as fine examples of detailed panoramas and other engravings. Prints made before and after the Great Fire, the damage done to prisons by rioters and the effects of the 1780 tornado show how artists worked quickly in response to contemporary events. They also recorded public spectacles, creating beautiful images of firework displays and frost fairs on the Thames.

Nurse is the former Librarian of the Society of Antiquaries of London, co-author of the society’s Catalogue of Paintings (2015) and has written widely on antiquarian and London history.

Presented by the Bodleian Libraries.