The Bow dragon
By HULSBERG, H[enry] after HAWKSMOOR, N[icholas], 1700
Plan and View of Bow-Church, London with the Arcade fronting Cheapside, as originally intended by Sir Chr. Wren, Kt.
- Author: HULSBERG, H[enry] after HAWKSMOOR, N[icholas]
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Printed for Sam. Harding in St Martins-Lane, Dan. Browne near Temple-Bar, & Wm. Bathoe in Church Lane near St Martins Church in the Strand
- Publication date: [1700–30.
- Physical description: Engraving.
- Dimensions: Image: 688 by 483mm (27 by 19 inches). Sheet: 765 by 485mm (30 by 19 inches).
- Inventory reference: 12336
The steeple features a dragon weathervane, a nod to the dragon’s place in the legend of England’s patron, St George, and to its place in the coat of arms of the City of London. The dragon has red crosses on the underside of its wings, as do the dragons in the City’s arms. The Bow dragon was a popular London landmark, appearing in a poem by the libertine Earl of Rochester, and with its equally popular fellow, the grasshopper topping the Royal Exchange (see item 132), in a pamphlet about religious freedom.
Henry Hulsberg (fl.1702–1729) was a Dutch engraver of maps and architecture, working in London.