Panorama of London by William Smith, 1588

Description

In this panorama William Smith has combined a profile view of London with a perspective view of Whitehall and Westminster. Neither was original. The city view is probably derived from a mural by Wyngaerde in Whitehall Palace, while the bird's-eye view seems to be copied from the Copperplate Map and its successors. Smith shows St Paul's without its spire and south of the river, to the left of what is now Southwark Cathedral, he emphasises the large palace of the bishops of Winchester, of which only the west wall now survives. Further west, there are bull and bear-baiting pits but not yet theatres.


Full title:
William Smith, Rouge Dragon pursuivant: Description of England, with arms of the nobility: 1588.Sir Paul Methuen, KB, Ambassador to Spain and Portugal, afterwards Secretary of State: Gave MS. to Sir H. Sloane.Owners of Manuscripts: Methuen (Sir Paul)
Created:
1588
Format:
Manuscript / Map / View
Creator:
William Smith
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Sloane MS 2596 No.52

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