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!!! NOTE !!! if the image(s) in the description shows a broken image icon(s), right click on the icon(s) and open in new tab to see the larger image(s). The Opening of New London Bridge Another Quality Print from Martin2001 Type of print: Steel engraving - Original vintage antique print Year of printing: 1858 Artist - Engraver - Publisher: Stanfield - Prior - London, Virtue Co. Condition: Excellent - Very good - Good - Fair. Overall dimensions of print: including blank margins: 9 x 12 1/2 inches. 1 inch = 2,54 cm. Type of paper: Thick - Heavier, wove - Medium heavy - Slightly heavier - Thin. Reverse side: Blank - With text or pictures. Notes: 1. Green 'border' around the print in the photo is a contrasting background on which the print was photographed, it is not part of the print. 2. See shipping, returns, terminology, etc. at the bottom of page. Description of the subjects depicted in the print: From the past: LONDON of fifty years ago, and London of the present day (1850s), are almost two different and distinct cities; so dissimilar are they that the staid citizen who, in close-curled wig, deep-lapelled vest, and grey -worsted stockings, perambulated the metropolis at the commencement of the century, would now, if alive and desirous of going " on 'Change," be scarcely able to find his way there, or indeed to know in what place he was at all. Improvements or accidents have removed all his old landmarks—highways have expanded, byways disappeared, churches been levelled with the ground, others, heretofore more than half concealed, are laid open to the gaze of the passenger; warehouses, externally gorgeous as palaces, have risen up everywhere; and shops, glittering with wealth exceeding a prince's ransom, would meet his astonished eyes at every turn he took, in lieu of the old, dark, and dingy edifices over whose doorways hung a golden lamb, or grasshopper, or "sign" of some sort, denoting the business carried on by the tenant. Bow Church and the Monument he would find much as he knew them at first, except that the former looks sprucer and more cleanly, and the latter has lost the inscription concerning which Pope wrote— " London's huge column, pointing to the skies, Like a tall bully, lifts its head—and lies." Old London Bridge was not taken down till its removal became a necessity: independent of its condition through age (the foundations were laid in 1176), and the peculiarity of its structure as an impediment to navigation, its dimensions were too contracted for the living stream that, in the latter years of its existence, in annually increasing floods passed over it, and which the erection of other bridges scarcely tended to diminish. The foundation-stone of New London Bridge was laid on June 15, 1825; it was opened to the public August 1, 1831. The late Mr. Rennie designed, and partly carried out the structure, but it was completed by his sons George and Sir John, at the cost, including approaches, of 1,458,311 Ss. 11Qd. ! these odd farthings have the appearance of very close calculation in a work of such a nature. Mr. Stanfield's picture of the opening ceremony was a commission from the king, William IV., who ordered a boat to be at the service of the artist during the day: the view seems to have been sketched from the centre of the river, "above bridge," and on the Surrey side. There is quite a pageant on the bosom of the Thames; royal state barges, and civic state barges, and barges of all sorts and all colours, float around and beneath the new bridge, over which the procession of royal, noble, and official personages makes its first passage : it is an animated scene, skilfully placed by the artist on his canvas. The original painting is in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. The present: In 1962, London Bridge was falling down. Built in 1831, the bridge couldn't handle the ever-increasing flow of traffic across the Thames River. The British government decided to put the bridge up for sale, and Robert McCulloch, Founder of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Chairman of McCulloch Oil Corporation, submitted the winning bid of 2,460,000 The bridge was dismantled, and each stone was carefully marked. Everything was shipped 10,000 miles to Long Beach, California, and then trucked to Lake Havasu City. Reconstruction began on September 23, 1968, with a ceremony including the Lord Mayor of London, who laid the cornerstone. On October 10, 1971, the bridge was dedicated. "Hundreds of thousands of people come here every year to see the bridge," said Sue Barone of the Lake Havasu Chamber of Commerce. "I've lived here 18 years, and I've watched the whole thing develop. When I first got here, there wasn't much more than the bridge and a shop or two. Now, just look." Lake Havasu City, which got its start as an Army Air Corps rest camp during World War II, now has over 1000 businesses, two newspapers, and a college. Remember that the next time a man comes up to you and offers to sell you a used bridge. Martin2001 Satisfaction Guaranteed Policy ! Any print purchased from us may be returned for any reason for a full refund including all postage. Shipping: Worldwide. We gladly combine multiple purchases into one package. Terminology: to learn more about antique prints and their terminology. "Inch to cm" conversion: to see our handy "inch to cm" conversion table. Our other listings: to see our other antique prints. Notes: --- findaj1858 findgenre findgb findmarine findamhist Powered by Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.
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