Folger call number: ART Inv. 271 no.4a
Folger holdings ID: 345558
Accession Number: cs1426
Artist: If sketch was actually made for the engraving for Londina illustrata the artist could be any one of a number of people who worked on the book. The engravings, which were done from designs or rather maps and views and not copied from nature, were usually not signed on the plate. It is possible that George Shepherd was the artist, as he may have been responsible for preliminary drawings of other Bankside views in the published volume. (See entry for Shepherd, George. Two views of the Globe Theater) History: As noted above, this design was made for an engraving, the plate of which is dated Oct. 1809, and was published in Wilkinson's Londina illustrata. The original sketch varies from the engraving in some of the labels on streets and areas of land. Also the title of the sketch "A plan of Bankside, Southwarke" varies from the title of the engraving which reads only "Bankside." Provenance: Item is part of a collection of engravings, original drawings, newspaper clippings, and ms. notes concerning the early London theaters. The collection was purchased by the Folgers from Maggs Bros., April, 1925. There is no indication in the case information as to who may have formed the collection. (Art Inventory 271) Subject: Sketch depicts the Bankside of Elizabethan London, showing the Bull and Bear baiting arenas, the Paris Gardens, Bishop Winchester's Park, etc. The label on the drawing notes that the plan is taken from an "Ancient survey on vellum made in the reign of Queen Elizabeth." This record contains unverified data from old cards and may contain incorrect or incomplete text. Please consult Curator for assistance Title taken from lettering on the drawing. Item is pasted to a sheet of paper which had a pencil note underneath the sketch reading "The original sketch made for the print in Wilkinsons Londina Pub. Oct. 1809." Unsigned. On verso, in pencil: "o/i."
Item information about Folger ART Inv. 271 no.4a
Reclassified from number ART Box L847 no.3