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Views In London And Its Vicinity, Complete In Forty-Eight Plates, Engraved On Copper, By George Cooke, From Drawings By Callcott, R.A. Stanfield, A.R.A. Prout. Roberts. Stark. Harding. Cotman. Havell. &c. &c. After The Original Sketches Made On The Spot By Edward W. Cooke.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



London:: Published By Longman And Co., Paternoster-Row; J. & A. Arch, Cornhill; Hodgson, Boys, And Graves, Pall Mall; And Mrs. G. Cooke, Barnes, Surrey., (1834.)

Physical Description

[4], 7, [1] p., [48] pl.; 380 mm.

General Note

The plates carry no numbers but are numbered 1-48 in 'Description Of The Plates'. B. Adams reports an issue having 50 pl., the last two not included in the 'Descriptions Of The Plates' and carrying no date or publication-line.


[T.p.] - Address (1834) - Descriptions Of The Plates - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

All plates are signed by the engraver George Cooke; and most are signed by draughtsmen, A.W. Callcott, E.W. Cooke, Clarkson Stanfield, J.D. Harding, William Harvey, George Cooke, D. Roberts, Sam. Prout, W. Havell, James Stark or John Sell Cotman.

Most carry the imprint of the publishers, Longman & Co., J. & A. Arch (the first plate prints this as 'I. & J. Arch') and G. Cooke; and several, that of the intaglio-printer S.(H.) Hawkins.


B. Adams, London Illustrated 1604-1851 A Survey And Index Of Topographical Books And Their Plates (1983), no. 149, p.361-3.

J. Munday, E.W. Cooke, 1811-1880: a man of his time (1996).

Summary Note

No publication-date is carried by the title page, but the 'Address' carries the date of October 1834 and states that 'The publication of Part XII. of "London And Its Vicinity" completes the work'. The work had been published serially from 1826. A few plates carry publication-dates of 1826, 1828 and 1833; and several signatures of draughtsman or engraver are accompanied by dates, of 1826, 1827, 1828, 1832, 1833, 1834.

George Cooke had intended to produce eighty prints from copper plates, but when rivals published views printed on steel plates, he reduced the number of his copper plates to forty-eight. (B. Adams reports an issue with 50 plates, the last two not included in the 'Descriptions Of The Plates' and carrying no date or publication line.)


The front loose endpaper is inscribed in ink, 'John Clarke 1856'.

Binding Note

19th-century red cloth; rebacked and recornered in 1990, white paper spine-label lettered 'Cooke's Views In London - 1828'.

Name as Subject


Landscapes (environments) - Urban landscapes - Cities - Great Britain - London - History - 19th century
Drawings - Landscapes (representations) - Great Britain - 19th century
Views - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - 19th century


Edward William Cooke RA, source artist
George Cooke, engraver
Sir Augustus Wall Callcott RA, draughtsman
Clarkson Stanfield RA, draughtsman
Samuel Prout, draughtsman
James Stark, draughtsman
John Arch, publisher
Arthur Arch, publisher
Mrs. Elizabeth Harriet Cooke, publisher
James Duffield Harding, draughtsman
William Harvey, draughtsman
David Roberts RA, draughtsman
William Havell, draughtsman
John Sell Cotman, draughtsman
S. H. Hawkins, intaglio printer
John Clarke, previous owner
Longman and Company (London), publisher
John and Arthur Arch, publisher
Hodgson, Boys and Graves, publisher