The A to Z of Regency London with introduction by Paul Laxton and index by Joseph Wisdom. Horwood's Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster (3rd Edition 1813) in book form on a scale of 14 inches per mile, with key and index. Extends Hyde Park-East India Docks; Pentonville- Walworth. Hardback, 116pp. Publication no 131 (1985). £26.
Facsimile of the Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings of the London Area 1799–1808 with introduction by Yolande Hodson. Six colour sheets plus three sheets of introduction, in folder. Publication no 144 (1991). £24.
N.B. Because of the large sheet sizes, postage and packing for this publication is £11 for the UK; overseas customers should obtain an estimate from Roger Cline before ordering.
The ‘Rhinebeck’ Panorama of London, c.1810 with introductory notes by Ralph Hyde and keys by Peter Jackson. The Society's all time best seller. Four colour sheets plus three sheets of introduction and keys, in folder. Publication no 125 (1981). £20. For more information, click here.
Thomas Milne’s Land Use Map of London and Environs with introductory notes by Dr G B G Bull. Milne's map of 1800 provides a detailed colour-coded picture of land use, identifying arable, market gardens, meadows and pastures. Six colour sheets plus three sheets of introduction, in folder. Publication no 118/9 (1975/6). £20.
N.B. Very few copies left. Please contact Roger Cline to check availability before ordering.
The Rhinebeck Panorama
The Rhinebeck panorama is a magnificent four-sheet watercolour drawing of London, about eight feet long. It was discovered in 1940 in a barrel by a Canadian lady clearing out the attic of her uncle's house in Rhinebeck, New York state.
Drawn about 1810, the panorama gives a detailed vista of London. The City of London and Southwark are in the foreground and the scene extends as far as Richmond, with Windsor Castle visible on the horizon. The towers and spires of Wren's city churches stand out above the surrounding houses and offices, as do St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, shot towers, windmills and palaces.
The Thames is full of shipping, horse-drawn traffic streams over the nearby bridges, and everywhere there is lively incident, including a fire, a funeral and a military salute. Although the artist seems to have been more interested in providing an entertaining spectacle than an absolutely accurate picture, and some detail has been lost through damage to the sheets’ edges, the panorama offers a marvellously lively representation of what it was like to be in London nearly 200 years ago.
The original Rhinebeck panorama was auctioned at Sotheby’s on 9 June 1998 and bought by the Museum of London for over £200,000. Our three-quarter sized reproduction – also on four sheets and in full colour – is available for a rather more modest £20. It was a sensational success when we first published it in 1981, thanks to a front page story in The Times, and it has remained one of our best sellers ever since.
Our version also offers keys to identify the most important buildings, drawn by the Society’s chairman at the time, Peter Jackson. And there is a scholarly introduction by Ralph Hyde, retired Keeper of Prints and Maps at the Guildhall Library and the leading expert on early topographical panoramas.