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A View of the Custom House, with Part of the Tower, taken from ye River / Vue de la Doane et une Partie de la Tour, prise de la Riviere Thamise

. Customs duties were taxes on imported and exported goods, and became a vital source of revenue for kings and governments. The Custom House was the office where shipping agents would bring documents to customs officials. London's first Custom House was built around 1275, and rebuilt in 1378 and 1559. Destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666, a new Custom House was built by Sir Christopher Wren during 1669-71. This suffered severe damage after a gunpowder explosion in 1714, and the Custom House was rebuilt on Wren's foundations in 1717-25. The architect was Thomas Ripley, who introduced the famous Long Room. Ripley's Custom House burned down in 1814.above image: [right] 26 ; below image: [left] Maurer Delin. [centre] Publish'd according to Act of Parliament 1753 [right] T. Bowles Sculp. / [in 2 blocks] [1] A View of the Custom House, with part of the Tower, taken from y e River. / Thames London [2] Vüe de la Douane et unde partie de la Tour, prise de la Riviere / Thamise a Londres. / Printed for Carrrington Bowles in S.t Pauls Church Yard, John Bowles in Cornhil -- and Rob.t Sayer in Fleet StreetPublished Carrington Bowles, St Paul's Churchyard, London; John Bowles, Cornhill, London; Robert Sayer, Fleet Street, London, 1753. Copper line engraving on paper. Later hand colour. Engraved surface 194 x 241mmThis was one of the vue d'optique or perspective views showing the cities of the world, prints that were very popular in the late eighteenth century. These prints were produced for a viewing machine that was used both in private and by peddlers in the streets of Europe. The hand colour, necessitated by the optical show, the tones being more vivid and brilliant than on other, similar views of the period. The intended use of the print necessitated a standard size, £115 inc delivery unframed This seems to be a later edition as on watermarked paper not the rag it is meant to be on still old, still hand coloured suspect c 1810-20



Interior of the Sans Pareil Theatre (Adelphi Theatre),

Original antique copper engraving.  Published by R. Wilkinson 1811. Hand coloured. Image size: 31 x 23 cms from  Robert Wilkinson  an early 19th century  printseller and publisher who produced  detailed views of London landmarks. This engraving was  in his two volume work  Londina Illustrata:Graphic and Historical memorials …in the cities and suburbs of London and Westminster,.  1808 to 1825. £65 inc delivery


Lincoln's Inn near Chancery Lane " and " Northumberland House & Gray's Inn "

from Thornton's "History of London" published 1784. Benjamin Cole (fl.1723-1767) copied the images and cut plates originally produced for the part-work edition of William Maitland's "History of London" (London : 1753-1756)..Later these were used by Cole and Peltro for Thornton's ' New & Complete History & Survey of London & Westminster ' published 1775-80 on smoother paper Copper engraved print, good condition. Size 36 x 24 cms plus margins. £25 full page good borders some minor edge tears



the Small Pox Hospital

From an engraving inThe American Quaker JP Malcolm(James Peller Malcolm ( 1767-1815)), engraver and topographer, artist/engraver and author of Anecdotes of the Manners and Customs of London, Published 1808. £12 unmounted scarce





Somerset House
Antique engraved print from Dr David Hughson's 'New Description of London' and the area for thirty miles around was a multi-volume illustrated work issued between 1805 and 1809. Published by J Stratford, 112 Holborn Hill. Print image : 118 x 182 mm 'Hughson' was actually the pseudonym of writing as David Hughson£15



Foundling Hospital Guildford Street
Antique steel engraved print by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd(1793 to 1864) who was employed by Frederick Crace for a series of drawings of London. Many of the engravings include figures, carriages or boats . Originally produced for Shepherd's "Metropolitan Improvements; or London in the Nineteenth Century" (1826 to1827). Image 16 x 11 cm £8.




the Foundling Hospital

From an engraving inThe American Quaker JP Malcolm(James Peller Malcolm ( 1767-1815)), engraver and topographer, artist/engraver and author of Anecdotes of the Manners and Customs of London, Published 1808. £12 unmounted scarce




The Coliseum

Antique steel engraved print by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd (1793 to 1864) who was employed by Frederick Crace for a series of drawings of London. Originally produced for Shepherd's much scarcer "London and its Environs in the Nineteenth Century, " (1829). Image 16 x 11 cm £10 proof on India paper. .tinted or £5 untinted




Wyld's Monster Globe,
Leicester Square, London, 1851-1862.Engraving by Chavanne after T H Shepherd. James Wyld (1812-1887) was a member of Parliament, distinguished geographer, and publisher of atlases. His exhibit, designed in competition with the Great Exhibition, was a globe 60 feet in diameter. Wlyd's globe was hollow and contained a staircase which members of the public, for the price of a shilling, could climb to view the continents, mountain ranges and seas modelled to scale inside. After the 10-year lease had expired, it was removed in 1862, and the central garden of Leicester Square was redesigned. Scarce £20 Image 23 x 15.5 cm plus title & borders



THE NEW BUILDINGS IN THE STRAND, CALLED THE ADELPHI, VIEWED FROM THE RIVER THAMES.

Originally produced for Hogg's partwork publication "The New, Complete, and Universal History, Description and Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster" written by "A Society of Gentlemen" and revised by William Thornton.. Copper engraved print by Carey published in London : by Alexander Hogg, 1784/6 . . . ..the recently completed Adelphi Terrace designed by Robert Adam - a view from the Thames - the spire of St. Martin in the Fields in the distance. £20 folds as issued closer cut

£25 full page no folds






South View of the Foundling Hospital

1. The Wing already built........2. The Wing already built ........ 2. Chapel now Erecting........3. Chapel now Erecting ........ 3. A Wing to be built. A Wing to be built.From James Jefferys (1751-1784),, London .James Jefferys began his career as an apprentice engraver before coming under the artistic influence of John Hamilton Mortimer. At the Royal Academy Schools in 1774 he won a gold medal for history painting and a scholarship allowing him to travel to Rome. In London again by 1781, he failed to fulfil his early promise and died young.Scarce view during construction £15 unmounted 2x




The New Church Regent Square Sidmouth Street;
Antique steel engraved print by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd(1793 to 1864) who was employed by Frederick Crace for a series of drawings of London. Many of the engravings include figures, carriages or boats . Originally produced for Shepherd's "Metropolitan Improvements; or London in the Nineteenth Century" (1826 to1827). Image 16 x 11 cm WC1. . . 3 copies



34. Russell Institution, Great Coram Street
Full page Original Aquatint from .The "Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politics, commonly known as Ackermann's Repository, after Rudolph Ackermann, its publisher .... first appeared in London in 1809 as a monthly publication Dated 1811 at 101 Strand. Rowlandson & Pugin del et Sculpt. J.C. Stadler Aquat. London, Image 20 x 13 cm Page 54 x 36 cm so Full margins ! £95





Powis House
Drawn and engraved by Sutton Nicholls, (fl.1680-1740) published in 1754 in London published according to Act of Parliament for Stowes Survey. Approx 45cms by 33cms. Price: £145.00 unmounted inc delivery . . . . Powis House was an 18th century mansion in London, England. It stood on the northern side of Great Ormond Street, not far from Queen Square. The first version of Powis House was built in the 1690s for William Herbert, 2nd Marquess of Powis. No drawings of this version survive. At some point it was let for use as the French embassy, and on 26 January 1713 it burned to the ground. Jonathan Swift attributed this event to "the carelessness of the rascally French servants". A replacement house was soon built. It had three main storeys above an arched basement and was 104 feet (32 metres) wide. The subtle but lively façade featured Corinthian pilasters and a phoenix above the front door. The architect is unknown, but may have been French. The staircase walls were painted by the Venetian painter of the rococo, Giacomo Amiconi. Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke leased the house in the mid 18th century and from 1764 to 1783 it was the Spanish embassy. However, the locality was rapidly falling from favour with the aristocracy, making the demise of the house more or less inevitable, and by the end of the 18th century it had been demolished. There is now a small access street to Great Ormond Street Hospital called Powis Place.CONDITION full plate one tape mark to margin top right edge tear 2mm




Saint John the Baptist Savoy
Antique steel engraved print by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd(1793 to 1864) who was employed by Frederick Crace for a series of drawings of London. Many of the engravings include figures, carriages or boats . Originally produced for Shepherd's "Metropolitan Improvements; or London in the Nineteenth Century" (1826 to1827). Image 16 x 11 cm £8




Dyers hall, College Street.
Antique steel engraved print by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd(1793 to 1864) who was employed by Frederick Crace for a series of drawings of London. Many of the engravings include figures, carriages or boats . Originally produced for Shepherd's much scarcer "London and its Environs in the Nineteenth Century," (1829). Image 16 x 11 cm ££8




A Perspective View of St Mary's in the Strand near the Royal palace of Somerset London
 by J.Maurer delin et Sculp. London 1748. Publish'd according to Act of Parliament. cut to plate mark otherwise mint will be sold mounted and matted to preserve if time allows £95 RARE

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Middle Row Holborn
Antique steel engraved print by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd(1793 to 1864) who was employed by Frederick Crace for a series of drawings of London. Many of the engravings include figures, carriages or boats . Originally produced for Shepherd's much scarcer "London and its Environs in the Nineteenth Century," (1829). Image 16 x 11 cm ££8



Somerset House
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from "The World's Metropolis, or Mighty London, Illustrated by a Series of Views Beautifully Engraved on Steel" (London 1851-1855). by T.H.Shepherd, unmounted some age toning to the edge of the page. Image 23 x 16 cm full page £12




Oxford Street Oxford Strasse
 Antique steel engraved print from c 1780 unmounted. Image 20 x 15 cm £18.slight creasing to page c 1780



View of St Paul's Church,Covent Garden View of St Mary le Strand View of St Clement's Church ,Strand
 images First published 1738 by G Virtue this engraved for "A New and Universal History, Description, and Survey Of The Cities Of London and Westminster, The Borough of Southwark, And Their Adjacent Parts. Including not only all the Parishes within the Bills of Mortality, but the Towns, Villages, Palaces, Seats, and Country, to the extent of Twenty Miles round, Comprizing A Circle Of Near One Hundred And Fifty Miles" By Walter Harrison, Esq. Printed for J. Cooke, at Shakespeare's Head, Pater-Noster-Row. 1775..folio 24 x 37 cm £25


 

View of the Royal Stables and part of St Martins in the Strand View of St Georges Church, Bloomsbury

images First published 1738 by G Virtue this engraved for "A New and Universal History, Description, and Survey Of The Cities Of London and Westminster, The Borough of Southwark, And Their Adjacent Parts. Including not only all the Parishes within the Bills of Mortality, but the Towns, Villages, Palaces, Seats, and Country, to the extent of Twenty Miles round, Comprizing A Circle Of Near One Hundred And Fifty Miles" By Walter Harrison, Esq. Printed for J. Cooke, at Shakespeare's Head, Pater-Noster-Row. 1775..folio 24 x 37 cm £25x 2








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Ancient View St James'S Westminster Abbey Hall From Charing Cross
  Engraved for The Modern Universal British Traveller; or A New Complete, and Accurate Tour through England, Wales, Scotland, and the Neighbouring Islands.[London: J. Cooke] [1779]. originally produced for the Cooke part-work publication "The Modern Universal British Traveller" (London 1779). . . Plate mark and good margins. £25  some age toning based on the Hollar view ie copied !



View St James palace + View Somerset House
First published 1738 by G Virtue this engraved for "A New and Universal History, Description, and Survey Of The Cities Of London and Westminster, The Borough of Southwark, And Their Adjacent Parts. Including not only all the Parishes within the Bills of Mortality, but the Towns, Villages, Palaces, Seats, and Country, to the extent of Twenty Miles round, Comprizing A Circle Of Near One Hundred And Fifty Miles" By Walter Harrison, Esq. Printed for J. Cooke, at Shakespeare's Head, Pater-Noster-Row. 1775..folio 24 x 37 cm £25

View `British Museum + View of Bedford House
First published 1738 by G Virtue this engraved for "A New and Universal History, Description, and Survey Of The Cities Of London and Westminster, The Borough of Southwark, And Their Adjacent Parts. Including not only all the Parishes within the Bills of Mortality, but the Towns, Villages, Palaces, Seats, and Country, to the extent of Twenty Miles round, Comprizing A Circle Of Near One Hundred And Fifty Miles" By Walter Harrison, Esq. Printed for J. Cooke, at Shakespeare's Head, Pater-Noster-Row. 1775..folio 24 x 37 cm £25

Adelphi Buildings
Antique Copper engraving first published 1738 by G Virtue this engraved for "A New and Universal History, Description, and Survey Of The Cities Of London and Westminster, The Borough of Southwark, And Their Adjacent Parts. Including not only all the Parishes within the Bills of Mortality, but the Towns, Villages, Palaces, Seats, and Country, to the extent of Twenty Miles round, Comprizing A Circle Of Near One Hundred And Fifty Miles" By Walter Harrison, Esq. Printed for J. Cooke, at Shakespeare's Head, Pater-Noster-Row. 1775..folio 24 x 37 cm £20 edge tear as indicated



View of the Encampment in Hyde Park
 from ~Marshal Sax's Tent from SANDBY'S RURAL ENGLAND 1775-8. A copperplate engraving of an English scene, after drawn by Paul Sandby from "A Collection of One Hundred and Fifty Select Views, in England, Scotland and Ireland", published in 1781..Printed for G. Kearsly, Fleet Street, London. £30




View of the Encampment in the Museum Garden
1780 from SANDBY'S RURAL ENGLAND 1775-8. A copperplate engraving of an English scene, after drawn by Paul Sandby from "A Collection of One Hundred and Fifty Select Views, in England, Scotland and Ireland", published in 1781..Printed for G. Kearsly, Fleet Street, London. £30



North West View of the London Horse & Carriage Repository Gray's Inn Road;
 Antique steel engraved print by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd(1793 to 1864) who was employed by Frederick Crace for a series of drawings of London. Many of the engravings include figures, carriages or boats . Originally produced for Shepherd's "Metropolitan Improvements; or London in the Nineteenth Century" (1826 to1827). Image 16 x 11 cm £6 WC1. . x5




British Museum
Antique engraved print from Beauties of England & Wales by John Britton(1771. .1857), English antiquary and topographer and E. W. Brayley. The friends wrote most of Beauties of England and Wales (18 vol., in 25, 1801 . .15) image 11 x 16cm images printed close to edge of page unmounted £12.



L'Hotel de Sommerset ou Sommerset House

From James Beverell's La Delices de la Grande Bretagne et de L’Irlande was first published in 1707 in eight volumes very fine plates by J. Goeree (1670-1731) .Etching and line engraving on paper. Pieter van der Aa was a Leiden bookseller and publisher.Image12.5 x 16 cm £35 edge tear mended on crease




Staples Inn Hall Holborn
Antique steel engraved print by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd(1793 to 1864) who was employed by Frederick Crace for a series of drawings of London. Many of the engravings include figures, carriages or boats . Originally produced for Shepherd's much scarcer "London and its Environs in the Nineteenth Century," (1829). Image 16 x 11 cm£6 WC1. . . 2 copies cleaner than pic



 

View of the Foundling Hospital Lambs Conduit Fields Th Smallpox Hospital near St Pancras
 images First published 1738 by G Virtue this engraved for "A New and Universal History, Description, and Survey Of The Cities Of London and Westminster, The Borough of Southwark, And Their Adjacent Parts. Including not only all the Parishes within the Bills of Mortality, but the Towns, Villages, Palaces, Seats, and Country, to the extent of Twenty Miles round, Comprizing A Circle Of Near One Hundred And Fifty Miles" By Walter Harrison, Esq. Printed for J. Cooke, at Shakespeare's Head, Pater-Noster-Row. 1775..folio 24 x 37 cm £25 . . . .3 copies




Clarendon House
Pubd. May 10 1792. Each 225 x 175mm. Hollar from SMITH'S ANTIQUITIES OF LONDON .Stipple.RARE £15 RARE close cut small corner folds out of image




St Georges Hanover Sq; St Georges,Bloomsbury
Antique steel engraved print by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd(1793 to 1864) who was employed by Frederick Crace for a series of drawings of London. Many of the engravings include figures, carriages or boats . Originally produced for Shepherd's much scarcer "London and its Environs in the Nineteenth Century," (1829). Image 16 x 11 cm £6




Northumberland House
 Antique engraved print from Beauties of England & Wales by John Britton(1771. .1857), English antiquary and topographer and E. W. Brayley. The friends wrote most of Beauties of England and Wales (18 vol., in 25, 1801 . .15) image 11 x 16cm images printed close to edge of page unmounted £12. + second copy tinted stste if pref



New Drury lane Theatre
Antique engraved print from Beauties of England & Wales by John Britton(1771. .1857), English antiquary and topographer and E. W. Brayley. The friends wrote most of Beauties of England and Wales (18 vol., in 25, 1801 . .15) image 11 x 16cm images printed close to edge of page unmounted £12. x 2




The New Opening to St Martin's Church
Antique steel engraved print by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd(1793 to 1864) who was employed by Frederick Crace for a series of drawings of London. Many of the engravings include figures, carriages or boats . Originally produced for Shepherd's "Metropolitan Improvements; or London in the Nineteenth Century" (1826 to1827). Image 16 x 11 cm £8



St Martin's Church;St Martin's Lane £5 Dugdale




Grand Hotel Covent Garden
From the The Gentleman's Magazine .The Gentleman's Magazine was a monthly magazine published in London in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th century. The magazine began publication with the January 1731 issue. Over time the magazine had various subtitles, including "monthly intelligencer" and "historical review" £15 unmounted RARE .



Northumberland House Charing Cross
 Antique steel engraved print by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd(1793 to 1864) who was employed by Frederick Crace for a series of drawings of London. Many of the engravings include figures, carriages or boats . Originally produced for Shepherd's "Metropolitan Improvements; or London in the Nineteenth Century" (1826 to1827). Image 16 x 11 cm £8 + 1 mounted




Dyers hall College Street
Antique steel engraved print by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd(1793 to 1864) who was employed by Frederick Crace for a series of drawings of London. Many of the engravings include figures, carriages or boats . Originally produced for Shepherd's much scarcer "London and its Environs in the Nineteenth Century," (1829). Image 16 x 11 cm £8 x 2



Buckingham Water gate Strand
Antique steel engraved print by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd(1793 to 1864) who was employed by Frederick Crace for a series of drawings of London. Many of the engravings include figures, carriages or boats . Originally produced for Shepherd's much scarcer "London and its Environs in the Nineteenth Century," (1829). Image 16 x 11 cm £8 . . x 3




British Museum Great Russell street
Antique steel engraved print by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd(1793 to 1864) who was employed by Frederick Crace for a series of drawings of London. Many of the engravings include figures, carriages or boats . Originally produced for Shepherd's "Metropolitan Improvements; or London in the Nineteenth Century" (1826 to1827). Image 16 x 11 cm £8



Bloomsbury Square and Statue of Fox
Antique steel engraved print by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd(1793 to 1864) who was employed by Frederick Crace for a series of drawings of London. Many of the engravings include figures, carriages or boats . Originally produced for Shepherd's much scarcer "London and its Environs in the Nineteenth Century," (1829). Image 16 x 11 cm £8 x 2




Fleet market from Holborn Bridge 



The Coliseum Regents park
Antique steel engraved print by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd(1793 to 1864) who was employed by Frederick Crace for a series of drawings of London. Many of the engravings include figures, carriages or boats . Originally produced for Shepherd's "Metropolitan Improvements; or London in the Nineteenth Century" (1826 to1827). Image 16 x 11 cm £8 . . 3 copies




Interior Quadrangle Somerset House
Antique steel engraved print by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd(1793 to 1864) who was employed by Frederick Crace for a series of drawings of London. Many of the engravings include figures, carriages or boats . Originally produced for Shepherd's much scarcer "London and its Environs in the Nineteenth Century," (1829). Image 16 x 11 cm£ 8





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