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The Perspective View of the design for a cast iron bridge to supply the place of the present London Bridge

The Perspective View of the design for a cast iron bridge to supply the place of the present London Bridge

Engraver: Lowry, Willm.

Medium: Aquatint with etching, coloured

Date: 1801

Shelfmark: Ktop XXI

Item number: 36-o

Genre: Topographical Print

This is a perspective view of the design for a cast iron bridge, consisting of a single arch 600 feet in span and calculated to supply the place of the present London Bridge. A competition was held to replace the old bridge between 1799-1801 and this design by Thomas Telford was submitted. As this view shows, it would have been a very sophisticated replacement for the 19 arch medieval bridge. But the project was shelved because not enough was known about the technical issues involved.

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