John Rocque’s magnificent map of early Georgian London
By ROCQUE, John, 1746
A Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster and Borough of Southwark…
- Author: ROCQUE, John
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: John Pine and John Tinney
- Publication date: 1746.
- Physical description: Engraved map on 24 sheets.
- Dimensions: 2100 by 4000mm. (82.75 by 157.5 inches).
- Inventory reference: 3192
The map was supported by both the Royal Society and the City of London Corporation, and was carried out using the most accurate surveying techniques of his time. In accordance with his aim for accuracy, Rocque has dispensed with the three-quarter or birds-eye views, and gives us instead an elegant plan with rococo flourishes left for the border and the three cartouches that adorn the bottom of the map. The work abounds with information, including public buildings, churches, chapels, almshouses, workhouses, hospitals, lunatic asylums, parks, pleasure gardens, squares, bridges, docks, fields, and lakes.
The work was published by John Pine and John Tinney. John Pine (?1690–1756), who also engraved the work, was generally agreed to be the finest engraver of his day. Apprenticed to the silver engraver John Roy Arnold in 1709, he was a friend of William Hogarth. John Tinney (d.1761) was, like Pine, an engraver, and is now best known as the teacher of other fine English engravers such as John Browne, Anthony Walker, and William Woollett.
- Howgego 96 (1)
- Howgego, J. (1978). Printed maps of London, circa 1553–1850. Folkestone: Dawson.