London Woodcut

I stumbled on this woodcut earlier today. It appears to be a copy of an earlier woodcut dated 1565, and depicts the city as it looked before the Great Fire.  Click on the image to open a larger version, and for larger version still, click second time once it’s open in a new window. 


  • February 19, 2011 - 5:22 pm | Permalink

    It’s hard to tell, but one would assume so. Lovely woodcut isn’t it. So much detail.

  • February 17, 2011 - 2:56 pm | Permalink

    What a great find

    I presume the Pathway to the left of St Paul’s is the Fleet river

  • February 15, 2011 - 11:03 am | Permalink

    Hels, see Nick’s comment. Nick, thanks so much for that. I was quite perplexed by the provenance of the woodcut. It of course makes a great deal more sense if St Paul’s was struck in 1561 and lost its steeple as a result. Thanks!

  • February 15, 2011 - 10:59 am | Permalink

    I think the burning referred to is probably that of 1561 rather than the Great Fire. In that year the steeple was struck by lightning and burned down – the word missing in the right hand corner of the title is steeple. It wasn’t replaced, so I suppose the cathedral was rather less imposing a sight on the London skyline for a century or so of its existence!

  • February 14, 2011 - 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Timing is everything, isn’t it? If the woodcut had been created after the Fire, people might have talked about the old St Paul’s but not known how it towered (literally) over the city.

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