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View near Westminster Bridge

View near Westminster Bridge

Engraver: Green, V. and Jukes, F.

Medium: Aquatint with etching

Date: 1777

Shelfmark: Ktop XXII

Item number: 37-n

Genre: Topographical Print

An oval view of Westminster Bridge showing Westminster Abbey across the river from the Lambeth side. The bridge crossed between Westminster and Lambeth. For centuries there was no bridge at Westminster, and by the 18th century traffic had to use a waterman, the horse ferry, or go around London Bridge or Putney Bridge. However this was inadequate by this time as Westminster had grown so much. In 1721 a project was started and well known architects were invited to design a bridge. Eventually a Swiss man Charles Labelye was chosen as engineer. The bridge was started in 1738 and opened in 1750 with a grand procession.

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