A Large Map of London
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A Large Map of London


A Large Map of London
John Rocque, published London: October 1746
engraved map on 24 sheets, the title cartouche: A PLAN OF the CITIES of LONDON AND WESTMINSTER and BOROUGH of SOUTHWARK, with the CONTIGUOUS BUILDINGS, From an actual SURVEY taken by JOHN ROCQUE, Land-Surveyor, and Engraved by JOHN PINE [...], framed
79 x 151 in. (201 x 383 cm.)
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Please note the dimensions for this lot should read 201 x 383 cm.

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Lot Essay

Rocque's important large-scale survey of London was the first 'post-fire' map to be made since William Morgan's plan of 1682, and the primary topographical record of mid-18th-century London. John Rocque, a Hugenot, had come to London c. 1730, and having trained as a surveyor and engraver made estate surveys of Kensington Gardens and Hampton Court. By 1737 Rocque had moved to mapping towns and counties, beginning his ambitious survey of the entire built-up area of London in 1737, which was to take nine years to complete.

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