Ref: View004, 1890, Harpers Weekly
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Published by Harpers Weekly in 1890 this view shows London in the latter years of the Victorian era, by indisputably the world's greatest city. The population had risen from around 250,000 in 1600 to over 4,000,000 by 1890.
London has always been a city of immigrants. Initially mainly from the rest of Britain, then from all over the world. With them came ideas and skills that were a major contribution to making London the first 'world city'.
The view shows London bridge thronged with traffic, the old bridge being demolished 60 years earlier. The view of 1616 shows the church towers and steeples dominating the skyline, now factory chimneys belching smoke have joined them, the London fogs now well and truly established. Much evidence are the railways. Pouring into London from all quarters they only added to the pollution.
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We make our own frames from moulding hand finished in our workshops. The standard finish is a distressed black with a gold slip inserted for the larger maps.
We finish the moulding in two other colours, Antique Red and Antique Green. These colours can be used on any of our prints or maps, both reproductions and originals, but have been chosen specifically to suit some of the antique prints and illustrations.
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