Londinum Urbs Praecipua Regni Angliae. Elizabethan pre-fire London AVELINE c1700

Londinum Urbs Praecipua Regni Angliae. Elizabethan pre-fire London AVELINE c1700

Product SKU: P-8-011019

Price £1,574.00

'Londinum - Urbs Praecipua Regni Angliae' by Aveline [family] (c1700). Antique prospect of London with original colour, 40.0 x 53.0cm, 15.75 x 20.75 inches

A Latin version of Pierre Aveline’s early pre-fire view of London taken from the south, first published in 1665, the year before the Fire of London. Southwark is visible in the foreground and includes figures on horseback and about their daily business, the Thames beyond is populated with a variety of vessels, while the spires of the City may be seen on the north bank of the Thames. St Paul's (pre-Wren and his dome) dominates the skyline and the spires of other City churches are discernible. A ten point numbered key identifies those buildings of note. The simple title appears in a decorative surround above the view. Although the title cartouche has been changed, the tower of St Paul’s Cathedral and other details continue to show the city in its pre-Fire state, including the Elizabethan theatres in Bankside. Scouloudi records this as a variant of the view published by Antoine Aveline (1691–1743) in the early eighteenth century, but she does not record the copy published by his father, Pierre Aveline. The present example could therefore be a variant on either the father’s or the son’s.

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A Latin version of Pierre Aveline’s early pre-fire view of London taken from the south, first published in 1665, the year before the Fire of London. Southwark is visible in the foreground and includes figures on horseback and about their daily business, the Thames beyond is populated with a variety of vessels, while the spires of the City may be seen on the north bank of the Thames. St Paul's (pre-Wren and his dome) dominates the skyline and the spires of other City churches are discernible. A ten point numbered key identifies those buildings of note. The simple title appears in a decorative surround above the view. Although the title cartouche has been changed, the tower of St Paul’s Cathedral and other details continue to show the city in its pre-Fire state, including the Elizabethan theatres in Bankside. Scouloudi records this as a variant of the view published by Antoine Aveline (1691–1743) in the early eighteenth century, but she does not record the copy published by his father, Pierre Aveline. The present example could therefore be a variant on either the father’s or the son’s.

DATE PRINTED: c1700    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 40.0 x 53.0cm, 15.75 x 20.75 inches (Large)

TYPE: Antique prospect of London with original colour

CONDITION: Fair: Some light surface paper scuffing/damage & staining. The print has been backed with linen, probably a long time ago. The linen used to back the print is two pieces of fabric joined; there is a small ridge along the join which is somewhat apparent on the front of the print. Please note any other blemishes on the scan prior to purchasing this picture. Please contact us if you would like to arrange to view this print. Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. We offer a no questions asked return policy.

AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic print, published at the date stated above. It is not a modern copy.

VERSO: There is nothing printed on the reverse side, which is plain

ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Aveline [family]

PROVENANCE: Aveline [family], Paris

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