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Court Room, New River Company

Court Room, New River Company

Photographer: Dixon, Henry (1820 - 1892)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Tab.700.b.3

Item number: 118

Length: 23

Width: 17.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

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"The buildings of the New River Company, at River Head, in Clerkenwell, do not appear to have any great age, but a portion of them was erected so long back as 1613...The Court Room, on the first floor, was decorated as we now see it, in 1693, by Mr. John Grene, Clerk to the Company, who married a grand-daughter of Sir Hugh Myddelton, the founder of the New River Company. The Royal Arms bear the motto of William III, Je Maintiendray. The carving is ascribed to Grinling Gibbons, and the character of the work leaves little doubt that tradition is in this instance correct. The ceiling, the border of which only is seen in the photograph, is very rich. In the central compartment is a portrait of William III, in others are the arms of Myddelton and of Grene. (Cromwell's History of Clerkenwell, 1828.)"

Letterpress by Alfred Marks from 'Photographs of Old London'.

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