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Untitled [Plate 2, Map Of Marble Arch, Paddington & Part Of Mayfair]

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Untitled [Plate 2, Map Of Marble Arch, Paddington & Part Of Mayfair] : R. Horwood

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This sheet of Richard Horwood's multi-sheet map of London shows the area between Dorset Street in the North and Mount Street in the South; Manchester Square in the East and a portion of Hyde Park. Of particular interest is the dissection of the Earl of Leicester's house in Grosvenor Square, showing the dressing room, library etc. Horwood's map is described by Howgego as, "the largest and most important map of London from the eighteenth century." The survey took no less than nine years to complete, showing every house (with its street number, if it had one), alleyways, courts and even vacant plots. Among the subscribers to the map were the directors of the Phoenix Assurance Office to whose trustees and directors Horwood dedicated the map. At the massive scale of 26 inches to one mile, the insurers had a vested interest in the project - it would have repaid their investment in the map, affording detailed knowledge of London's potential fire risks and those in need of their insurance services! Of particular interest as one of the earliest maps to show detail of the newly built area around Baker Street and Marylebone. Left-hand margin trimmed close but re-instated.
mapmaker: R. Horwood
place and date of publication: London 1794
medium and colour: Copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 560 by 505mm (22 by 20 inches).
ref: 39554

Price: £ 1200£ 720

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