Greenwood’s majestic large-scale plan of London

By GREENWOOD, Christopher, 1827 
£20,000
£16,000

Map of London 

from an actual Survey made in the Years 1824.1825 & 1826. By C. and J. Greenwood.

British Isles London
  • Author: GREENWOOD, Christopher
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Published, By the Proprietors, Greenwood Co., Pall Mall
  • Publication date: August 31st, 1840.
  • Physical description: Large engraved map on six sheets, fine original full wash hand-colour.
  • Dimensions: 1290 by 1880mm. (50.75 by 74 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11478

To scale:

Notes

Christopher and John Greenwood state in the title that the plan was made from an Actual Survey”, which had taken three years. Plans at the time were often copied from older surveys, or re-issued with minor updating; so conducting a new survey was indeed something to boast about. The plan, which was finely engraved by James and Josiah Neele, is stylistically similar to the Ordnance Survey maps of the time, although it was engraved on a much larger scale of eight inches to the mile, compared to the OS standard of one inch to the mile. It includes detailed depictions of streets, houses, public buildings, parks, squares, woods, plantations, rivers, hills, windmills; also the marking of the boundaries of the City of London, Westminster, Southwark, Rules of the King’s Bench & Fleet Prison, Clink Liberty, counties and parishes. Below the plan is a dedication to George IV, which is flanked by views of Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Fifth state, date altered to 1840.

Scale: 8 inches to 1 statute mile.

Bibliography

  1. Howgego 309 (5).
    • Howgego, J. (1978). Printed maps of London, circa 1553–1850. Folkestone: Dawson.