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  • View of London looking over Southwark to the North
    Merian, Matthäus
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View of London looking over Southwark to the North

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1638 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Merian, Matthäus (the elder), born 1593 - died 1650 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink on paper

  • Museum number:

    S.1113-1982

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

View of London looking over Southwark to the North, etching by Matthaus (Matthias) Merian the elder from Gottfried and Merian's Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica, Frankfurt, 1638. It is based on earlier views of London published by J.C. Visscher in 1616 and the 1600 engraving Civitas Londini by John Norden.

London is shown as it was in about 1600, when the population was around 200,000. On the South Bank in the foreground, flags advertise performances at Shakespeare's first Globe theatre (numbered 37 on the map), the smaller Rose theatre behind it, the Bear Gardens (no.38) and the Swan (no.39).

The Globe was built in 1599 for the acting company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. The company's original home, the Theatre in Shoreditch, was dismantled after the expiry of the lease and the timbers were used to build the Globe. One of the first recorded productions at the new theatre was Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

Physical description

View of London, looking across the Thames, with Southwark Cathedral in the foreground, centre right, and London Bridge. Significant buildings are identified by numbers and there is a key printed beneath.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

1638 (made)

Artist/maker

Merian, Matthäus (the elder), born 1593 - died 1650 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Ink on paper

Dimensions

Height: 26 cm, Width: 73.4 cm

Descriptive line

View of London looking over Southwark to the North, etching by Matthaus Merian the elder, 1638

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Etching (printing process)

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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