A Plan of the City and Suburbs of London as Fortified by Order of Parliament in the Years 1642 & 1643

George Vertue (1684 - 1756)

Coloured engraving

1738
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    George Vertue was born in the parish of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London. His parents served in the court of James II and his father may have later become a tailor. He was first apprenticed to a silver engraver and later to Flemish engraver Michael Vandergucht. His early work includes plates after Kneller, whose academy he attended from 1711. Vertue served as official engraver to the Society of Antiquaries (1717-56). In the 1720s he concentrated on portrait frontispieces, producing over 120 in total. From 1727 he was engraver to Oxford University. Vertue was also a publisher and ran a print shop near Drury Lane. In 1712 he began gathering information for a publication on the history of art in Britain, which remained unfinished at his death.
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    Title
    A Plan of the City and Suburbs of London as Fortified by Order of Parliament in the Years 1642 & 1643
    Date
    1738
    Medium
    Coloured engraving
    Acquisition
    Presented by Dr. Peter Rusk, November 1973
    Provenance
    Gift from Dr Rusk and Lord Simon of Glaisdale November 1973
    GAC number
    10934