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Architectura Ecclesiastica Londini; Or Graphical Survey Of The Cathedral, Collegiate And Parochial Churches, In London, Southwark, And Westminster, With The Adjoining Parishes; Containing Also An Historical Account Of Their Earliest Foundations, And Other Memorabilia, Taken From The Most Authentic Records, With Descriptional Remarks On Each Structure. Prefaced By Considerations On The Rise and Progress of Early English Architecture, By Charles Clarke, Esq. F.S.A. The Whole Illustrative Of The Ecclesiastical Architecture Of The Metropolis At This Period, And Of The Various Topographical And Historical Accounts, Consisting Of One Hundred And Twenty-Two Plates, From Original Drawings By John Coney, George Shepherd, &c.

Charles Clarke

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Published By John Booth, Duke Street, Portland Place., 1820.

Physical Description

[4], 35, [1], 7, [3] p., [123] pl.; 486 mm.

General Note

Plates 1-5, 9-11, 14, 16-20, 27, 32, 49, 62, 99, 103 carry their numbers. In some copies different plates are numbered.


[T.p., dedic.] - Some Account Of The Rise And Progress Of Early English Architecture ... By Charles Clarke - St. Paul's Cathedral [and other Churches Of The Metropolis] - Facts And Observations Relating To The Temple Church ... By Joseph Jekyll - General List Of Plates [1-123] - Churches Within The Walls And Liberties Of The City Of London - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

Most plates are signed by draughtsmen and engravers. Draughtsmen include John Coney, George Shepherd, William Pearson, R.B. Schnebbelie, R. Johnston, Joseph Skelton. Engravers include Joseph Skelton, William Wise, W. Preston, S. Jenkins, John Coney, Thomas Dale, Samuel Lacey, J.W. White, William Angus, William Pearson, J. Wedgwood, Samuel Rawle, R.W. Smart. In some cases Christopher Wren is named as the original designer.

Most plates carry the publisher's imprint of J. Booth and the date.

The printer is named at the end of Jekyll's essay: 'B.R. Howlett, Printer, 49, Brewer Street'.

The book is dedicated by the publisher, John Booth, to William, Lord Bishop of London (afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury).


RIBA, Early printed, I (1994), no. 649, p.365-6; B. Adams, London illustrated, 1604-1851: a survey and index of topographical books and their plates (1983), no.129.

Summary Note

This work was originally issued serially in twelve numbers of ten plates, the first two numbers carrying the date 1 March 1810. Most plates carry the original date of issue. When first issued in volume form, the title page was dated 1819 and the title read, 'Architectura Ecclesiastica Londini; being a series of views ...'.

Most plates show external views of the churches - but eight show interiors.

Binding Note

19th-century green morocco; gilt-decorated spine, red morocco spine-labele lettered 'Architectura Ecclesiastica Londini - Clarke'.


Architecture - Churches - Great Britain - London - History
Views - 19th century
Pictorial works - 19th century


John Coney, draughtsman, engraver
George Sidney Shepherd, draughtsman
John Booth, publisher
Joseph Jekyll M.P., 1752-1837
Benjamin Robert Howlett, printer
William Pearson, draughtsman, engraver
Robert Bremmel Schnebbelie, draughtsman
R. Johnston, draughtsman
Joseph Skelton, draughtsman, engraver
William Wise, engraver
William Preston, engraver
S. Jenkins, engraver
Thomas A. Dale, engraver
Samuel Lacey, engraver
J. W. White, engraver
William Angus, engraver
John Taylor Wedgwood, engraver
Samuel Rawle, engraver
R. William Smart, engraver
Sir Christopher Wren, source artist
Rt. Revd William Howley Archbishop of Canterbury, dedicatee

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