Panorama of London 1543 (2)


The second part of this three part series depicts the old city in the 16th century before the Great Fire of London in 1666. Notable cites in the drawing include Guildhall, Winchester House, Rochester House and the residences of various bishops. The map further delicately illustrates the beautiful Elizabethan architecture and various figures show the clothing and fashionable dress of the era. The artist of this splendid map was best known for his panoramas of Spanish cities during his employment by Philip II. After his death, his work was dispersed across various countries and its values somewhat neglected until the 19th century. Interestingly, it is believed that Wyngaerde worked purely from memory in creating his pieces, never using surveys or plans as reference.

Size: 29.5 x 17″

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