West India Docks
Drawn and engraved by Thomas Rowlandson and Charles Augustus Pugin.
Coloured Aquatint by Bluck for Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, 101 Strand, 1810.
Plate size: 11” x 9 3/8” plus margins.
Condition: Excellent. Original hand colour, full margins.
An imposing view of the five storey warehouses and busy West India Men of the recently opened Import Dock (1802). The Docks were able to berth up to 600 ships. Twenty feet high walls guarded their precious cargoes from theft, which was rife in the Pool of London at the time.
The contrasting style of Pugin’s fine architectural drawing and Rowlandson’s lively description of people proved to be a popular collaboration, The results were published as 'The Microcosm of London' or 'London in Miniature' between 1808-1811.