Views and descriptions from The Copper Plate Magazine


These views from the King’s Topographical Collection were published by George Kearsley in The Copper Plate Magazine. It was published from August 1 1774 to January 1 1778, with each edition containing a portrait, a historical or literary illustration, and a landscape, each with accompanying text. The examples here are by Paul Sandby, who became almost the sole contributor of views. His images proved so popular that Kearsley was able to reissue them as a book under the title A Collection of Landscapes, drawn by P. Sandby, Esq. R.A. in while the magazine was still publishing.

Full title:
1774-78, London
George Kearsley
Etching / Engraving / Letterpress / View
Paul Sandby, Edward Rooker, Michael 'Angelo' Rooker
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Maps K.Top.17.38., Maps K.Top.11.12.d., Maps K.Top.30.36.b., Maps K.Top.40.32.1., Maps K.Top.40.21., Maps K.Top.14.72.1., Maps K.Top.32.21.a., Maps K.Top.35.32.a.

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