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View and Perspective of the City of London, Westminster, and St James’s Park

The Dutch engraver & printer Johannes Kip had worked for the stadthouder William of Orange in Amsterdam and unsurprisingly followed the prince to London after the English Revolution of 1688.

This view of London and Westminster is most notable for the unique perspective it takes: a bird’s eye view from above the Duke of Buckingham’s house, later acquired by the Crown and now, as Buckingham Palace, the primary royal residence.

This printing of Kip’s view, which comes up for auction soon at Daniel Crouch Rare Books, must have been printed after 1726 as it incorporates Gibb’s steeple of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

St James’s Palace

View towards Westminster

Looking down the Mall

All Images: © Daniel Crouch Rare Books

This post was published on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 12:05 pm. It has been categorised under Architecture Art Great Britain and been tagged under , , .
Josephus Muris Saliensis
30 Oct 2016 11:30 pm

Your comment about the date of St Martin spire irrefutable. It also seemingly predates Hawksmoor’s towers of the Abbey of 1735 – 45. Assuming the towers would have been drawn complete once work had begun, this gives us a precise snapshot of the rapidly changing plan of London in the ten years around 1730. Thank you.

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