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Item:133045952742A perspective view of the north-west front of ye parish church of St Bride’s with the beautiful spire, the height from the cross above the vain to the ground is 242 feet 1753 view of St Bride's Church in the City of London, England. The building's most recent incarnation was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1672 in Fleet Street in the City of London, though Wren's original building was largely gutted by fire during the London Blitz in 1940. Due to its location in Fleet Street, it has a long association with journalists and newspapers. The church is a distinctive sight on London's skyline and is clearly visible from a number of locations. Standing 226 feet (69m) high, it is the second tallest of all Wren's churches, with only St Paul's itself having a higher pinnacle. The wedding cake is said to date back to 1703 when Thomas Rich, a baker’s apprentice from Ludgate Hill, fell in love with the daughter of his employer and asked her to marry him. He wanted to make an extravagant cake, and drew on the design of St Bride's Church for inspiration. Lettered with the title below in English and French, and "Ino. Donowell delin / T.Bowles Sculp / London Printed for Carrington Bowles in St Pauls Church Yard, Robt Wilkinson in Cornhill and Robt Sawyer in Fleet Street" Carington Bowles worked as a publisher in partnership with his father John Bowles from about 1752 until 1763 before taking over his uncle's business. His address was 69 St. Pauls Church Yard, London. He worked with a number of well known cartographers of the day including Emanuel Bowen, Thomas Kitchin, Robert Sayer and John Ellis. Condition ReportIn a good condition. Copperplate engraving on hand laid paper. Wide margins. Strong dark impression with later hand colouring. Paper is toned within plate mark. Please refer to the supplied images for further detail. 48 x 33cmCondition:In a good condition. Copperplate engraving on hand laid paper. Wide margins. Strong dark impression with later hand colouring. Paper is toned within plate mark. Please refer to the supplied images for further detail. 48 x 33cm, County:London, Cartographer/Publisher:Carington Bowles, Printing Technique:Copper Plate, Original/Reproduction:Antique Original, Type:City Map, Year:1753, Date Range:1700-1799, City:London, Country/Region:England, State:London, Era:1700s
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1753 view of St Bride's Church in the City of London, England.