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“A view of London looking over Southwark to the North”

Printed in Frankfurt, 1638, by Matthaus Merian (the elder)

First used in the "Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica", a description of all the kingdoms and republics of the whole world, written by Johann Ludwig Gottfried, decorated with maps, town view and plans by Matthaus Merian. It as reprinted in numerous later editions.

Matthäus Merian the Elder (1593 –1650) was a Swiss-born engraver who worked in Frankfurt for most of his career, where he also ran a publishing house.

The prospect is based on the earlier 1616 view of London published by J.C. Visscher in 1616 and the 1600 engraving Civitas Londini by John Norden (of which there is only one complete surviving copy, in the Royal Library in Stockholm).

Shows the view from the King's Palace at Whitehall to the Tower of London and St Katherine's Church in the East.

London Bridge still has buildings across it, and the heads of criminals on spikes decorate the bridge's southern gate.

The Globe (Shakespeare's theatre), The Swan (theatre), The Rose (theatre) and the bear-baiting ring can be seen in Southwark.

The Globe was built in 1599 for the acting company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. The company's original home, the Theatre in Shoreditch, was dismantled after the expiry of the lease and the timbers were used to build the Globe. One of the first recorded productions at the theatre was Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

Matthaus Merian 1638

  • Each sphere is hand made from casting plaster. Each globe is made in the time honoured traditional method. 12 paper gore sections are carefully applied to the sphere with starch paste. Once dry the surface is burnished and finished with multiple very thin layers of varnish.. Each map or prospect globe is registered at the IPO with a certificate of registration for UK design

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