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Print - Opening of Columbia Fish Market, Bethnal Green
  • Opening of Columbia Fish Market, Bethnal Green
    Durand, Godefroy
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Opening of Columbia Fish Market, Bethnal Green

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    5 March 1870 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Durand, Godefroy (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    wood engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Hon. Arthur Villiers

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case Z, shelf 17, box I

Physical description

Cutting from an illustrated newspaper depicting Columbia Fish Market.

Place of Origin

London (printed)


5 March 1870 (published)


Durand, Godefroy (designers)

Materials and Techniques

wood engraving


Height: 9.5 in, Width: 13.5 in

Object history note

Columbia Market was established in 1869 by philanthropist Angela Burdett-Coutts as a covered food market with 400 stalls, along with housing for the stallholders, in an effort to regenerate the surrounding area (the notorious 'Devil's Acre'). It was turned into a fish market in 1870, with stocks from William Burdett-Coutts' fleet in the North Sea, but competition from Billingsgate Market meant that it never prospered. The market closed in 1886, and the Gothic building that housed it was demolished in 1958.

This object was part of the John Edmund Gardner collection of topographical prints and drawings of London. After Gardner's death the collection passed to his son Edmund Thomas, but was sold to Edward Coates MP in 1910. The collection was sold again in 1923 after Coates' death, and was split between various institutions and private collectors. The portion connected with Hoxton, Homerton, Hackney and Bethnal Green was bought by the Hon. Arthur Villiers and donated to the Bethnal Green Museum.

Descriptive line

'Opening of Columbia Fish Market, Bethnal Green', cutting from an illustrated newspaper, wood engraving by after Godefroy Durand, 5 March 1870

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

Taken from departmental handlist


Paper (fiber product)


Wood engraving

Subjects depicted

Market; Fish; Shopping


London history; Prints; Shopping


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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