Rare broadsheet of St Paul’s Cathedral before the Great Fire
By [KING, Daniel]; D[avid] LOGGAN; and [Edward BENLOWES], 1669
On St. Paul’s Cathedral represented by Mr Dan. King.
- Author: [KING, Daniel]; D[avid] LOGGAN; and [Edward BENLOWES]
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: John Overton at the White Horse without Newgate at the corner of the little old Baly neere the Fountaine Tavern
- Publication date: after 1669
- Physical description: Broadsheet containing nine engraved views and two plans of St Paul’s Cathedral, together with a poem in English and Latin, view of London from Southwark below, with key to its left and short history to the right, loss to lower left margin skilfully repaired.
- Dimensions: 390 by 460mm (15.25 by 18 inches).
- Inventory reference: 17901
The work was first published, and engraved by Daniel King in 1658. King (fl1656-1661) was born in Chester around 1615, he was apprenticed to Randle Holme of the Chester Painters’ Company in 1630, and was accepted into the Company in 1639. In around 1656 he moved to London but records show that he had returned to Chester by 1659, were he died in around 1661. He is known to have worked with Wenceslaus Hollar on ‘The Ground-Plott of Chester…’ and the ‘The Isle of Man exactly described…’, both published in 1656. However, he is best remember for his views and plans of cathedrals and churches, published in ‘The cathedrall and conventuall churches of England and Wales’ (1656).
Edward Benlowes (1603–1676) was a gentleman poet and patron of the arts. Although born into significant wealth, Benlowes would die in relative poverty due to his open-handed generosity to his friends and relations.
The present example is the second state, with the addition of John Overton’s imprint.
- Worms and Baynton Williams, p.370
- Worms, L. and Baynton-Williams, A. (2011). British map engravers. London: Rare Book Society.
- Folger K487 Copy 1
- Huntington 474753.