This Perspective View of the Temple was published in 1741. It shows a rare image of the Temple area of central London, a place closely associated with English law owing to the presence of two of the four Inns of Court, the Middle Temple and Inner Temple. Elegantly dressed figures appear to be engaged in conversation in the foreground, while a carriage drawn by two horses passes on the right.
This engraving was commissioned for a later edition of The Survey of London, a minute account of the buildings, social conditions and customs of London, written by historian John Stow (c.1525–1605) and first published in 1598.
John Maurer was born in Switzerland. He moved to England in about 1745 and worked as a draughtsman and engraver, often making engravings from his own pen and ink drawings. His subjects are almost exclusively buildings in London. Examples of his work include perspective views of St James’ Palace, Westminster Abbey and Leicester Square.
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