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Print: Baxter - CL 294 – The Royal Exchange was first built in the 16th century as a centre for commerce. At the time this print was published it was used as the insurance centre for Lloyd’s of London who were there for 150 years. It is now shops, restaurants and bars


Courtney Lewis in 1924 writes “At the time of the erection of the Royal Exchange it was stated to have by far the largest portico in London, and to be only second to that of the Pantheon at Rome, and the Madeleine at Paris.  It consists, in front, of eight Corinthian columns, the extreme breadth being 90 feet and the height to the apex of the pediment 76 feet.  As to the Grasshopper, which is the crest of Sir Thomas Gresham (the founder of the original Exchange), on the vane, the one shown by Baxter in the print was the third, for twice previously had it been burnt with the building.  The tower on which it is placed is 160 feet high.  Besides the Exchange there is shown the Wellington statue and the traffic as then it appeared, but unknown now.  We also have a side view of the Bank of England.  The Royal Exchange was opened on October 28th, 1844, by Queen Victoria, Prince Albert having laid the foundation stone in 1842.” 


Date: 1851


Size (cm ht x w): 7.7 x 10.1 (print) 12.4 x 17.4 (mount)


State: On Red Seal Mount as issued


Condition: Minor toning to mount else excellent

The Royal Exchange – RSM

SKU: 1608

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