Another from my archive of the Illustrated London News – this time a really good one!
In 1845, the newspaper gave away a hand drawn panorama of the Thames running roughly from Vauxhall in the West to just past Greenwich in the East.
An original document is quite rare and when one comes up for sale, they usually go for prices that would deplete my wallet. Fortunately, a reprint made for the newspaper’s 150th anniversary, tends to be more affordable, and I recently acquired a copy – which has been annotated with additional explanatory text.
The scanned copy is huge (6GB) – sadly too huge for my feeble computer to cope with, but I have managed after some pleading with the laptop to deploy a moderate sized version.
The drawing itself is presented as two separate drawings, and I have joined them together in the middle to form a single long strip.
I present several versions.
Firstly is this Google Maps style presentation.
The software used to create the above display was supplied by the ever excellent Digital Urban blog.
More conventional formats
(click on images for larger versions)
Maybe one day I will be able to upload the really high resolution version – after I get a deluxe computer (and a pay rise to pay for it). Thanks to my flatmate and a friend who works at an office with a good scanner for assisting in preparing the images.
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