Object Title

Print

Print

Date

1771-1799

Object Number

I.96 b

Provenance

Uncoloured copy; Old Armouries Library stock.

Physical Description

Uncoloured unframed copy of an aquatint showing the White Tower from the north-east. In the foreground a party being shown round by a Yeoman Warder, a field carriage and ammunition cart and a pair of guns used as bollards in the background, the Ordnance office as rebuilt in 1789 with the masts of a ship showing above.
Part of a series 'A Picturesque Tour through.......London and Westminster' published by Thomas Malton (1748-1804) from 1792 onwards which also included a view from the river. This view is of interest because it shows the Ordnance Office on the present site of the Lanthorn Tower and the late 17th century building housing store rooms and the Drawing Ofice which was built on the east side of the White Tower. A building is shown on this site as early as Hayward and Gascoyne's map of 1597. In the map from Lord Dartmouth's collection of 1675-80 , now in the Armouries, the building on this site is described as the 'Proof Yard' but in 1726 C.Lempriere's plan the PRO (Works 31/28) and an undated section (Works 31/90) of about the same date show a two-storey building attached to the White Tower with only a light-well left in the centre between the buildings. This extension was demolished in 1880.

Dimensions

Dimensions: 8.3ins(21.5cm) x 12in(30 cm)

Associations

Places England