|Method||Copper engraving with original hand colouring|
|Artist||Robert Laurie and James Whittle|
|Published||Published 24th June, 1800. by Laurie & Whittle. 53 Fleet Street London.|
|Dimensions||Image 254 x 395 mm, Plate 287 x 428 mm, Sheet 320 x 447 mm|
A view of the Bank of England looking across a broad street. Groups of people can be seen on the street and a pair of carriages with horses. With the inscription:
This Elegant Building (in Front) was begun in 1771, by Sir Robt. Taylor, & finished by him, 1783. The several additions that have since been made, was by Henry Soame, Esqr.
Robert Laurie (c.1755-1836) was a British engraver, mezzotint artist, and publisher. In 1776, he was awarded a prize by the Society of Arts for the invention of a method of producing colour-printed mezzotints. Laurie succeeded the publisher Robert Sayer after the latter's death in 1794, and, in partnership with James Whittle, continued Sayer's prolific and well-established business on the Fleet Street, issuing prints, maps, illustrated books, charts, and nautical works. Following Laurie's retirement in 1812, Whittle continued in business with his former partner's son, Richard Holmes Laurie, who gained sole ownership of the business in 1818 with the death of Whittle.
Condition:Tipped to album page, toning and foxing to sheet, areas of wear to hand colouring.