Ferries across the Thames

By HOLLAR, Wenceslaus, 1644 
£750

Whitehall [and] Lambeth

London British Isles
  • Author: HOLLAR, Wenceslaus
  • Publication place: ?[London
  • Publication date: 1644].
  • Physical description: Etched view.
  • Dimensions: 280 by 380mm. (11 by 15 inches). Plate size: 101 by 175mm.
  • Inventory reference: 18301

Notes

Published as part of Hollar’s series of English views’, the present view shows Lambeth Palace from the river at Whitehall Stairs. In the foreground the north bank of the Thames is occupied with a range of buildings, some with stairs leading directly down to the water’s edge. A two-storied wing at the centre has a slope leading down to a collection of ferry boats, which passengers could use to cross the Thames, as indeed numerous figures are doing in Hollar’s view. Unlike the Privy Stairs further up river which led directly through a passage to the quarters of the royal pages and royal cooks, Whitehall Stairs was a public landing place. 

Bibliography

  1. NHG Hollar 451
  2. Pennington 912.
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