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A view of the Strand Bridge

A view of the Strand Bridge

Engraver: Dubourg, M.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1811

Shelfmark: Ktop XXII

Item number: 40-a

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the intended Strand Bridge across the River Thames. The bridge was built between 1811-17 by contractors Joliffe and Brown. Its architect was John Rennie and he had designed 9 granite arches with two Doric columns at each pier. The bridge was opened by the Prince Regent on the second anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. It was originally called Strand Bridge but a 1816 Act of Parliament changed its name to Waterloo in 'remembrance of great and glorious achievements'. To the left of the bridge is Somerset House, a former royal palace, which by 1811 was used as government offices for the Royal Navy amongst others. Beyond the bridge is the cityscape with St Paul's Cathedral and spires of the numerous London churches.

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