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The Leviathan Platform, Highbury Barn

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1858-1871 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    wood engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by Mrs Gabrielle Enthoven

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case Z, shelf 7, box A

Physical description

Print depicting the Leviathan Platform, a large outdoor dancing space at the Highbury Barn tavern.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1858-1871 (made)



Materials and Techniques

wood engraving


Height: 5.625 in, Width: 9.375 in

Object history note

Highbury Barn was originally the barn of Highbury manor farm. It was opened as a tea and ale house in 1740 after the manor was demolished, and many additions were made over the years, including in 1858 the addition of the 'Leviathan', a 4000 foot square open-air dancing platform, lit by gas globes. The Barn finally closed in 1871, but a pub was built on part of its site in 1885 and is still open today.

Descriptive line

'The Leviathan Platform, Highbury Barn', wood engraving, late 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1925, London: Board of Education, 1926.


Paper (fiber product)


Wood engraving

Subjects depicted

Taverns; Dance


Prints; Topography


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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