This print show a view from the south side of the Thames looking across towards Custom House (London, England). This building replaced Sir Christopher Wren’s Custom House that burnt down in 1715. It was made larger which necessitated the acquisition of ground to the north, fronting onto Thames Street. An interesting landscape format composition with a variety of sailing craft moored at the dock with smaller boats and figures busy about their work on the river.The bank crowded with traders and merchandise waiting for inspection.
Made by William Henry Toms after own design.
Medium: Engraving on handlaid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 36 x 23.3 cm (14.17 x 9.17 inch). Image size: 32.2 x 20.2 cm. (12.68 x 7.95 inch).
Condition: good, given age. Tears in margin been restored with tape. Fold in upper right corner. Creases in lower corners. Brown spot on reverse. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
CUSTOM HOUSE-THAMES-LONDON-SHIPS-TRADERS-MERCHANDISE-ENGLAND | RBOS-A7-04
This attractive print was published in Strype’s edition of John Stow’s Survey of London. 1739 according to BM.
Biography engraver: William Henry Toms (fl.1724-1765) was a British printmaker and publisher of mostly maps and topography.