About the work
This view of part of the Kremlin and its surrounding walls in Moscow was included as an illustration in the publication ‘A New and Comprehensive Gazetteer’ (published 1834-37), written by the Dublin born writer and Church of England clergyman Reverend George Newenham Wright (1794/5-1877). ‘A New and Comprehensive Gazetteer’ is illustrated with maps and views of cities ‘engraved from the latest observations and drawings of modern travellers’. The text opposite this illustration states:
‘The Kremlin stands on a height, and commands a fine prospect over nearly the whole city. Here is the ancient palace of the czars, which escaped the memorable conflagration in 1812, when the French invaded Russia. It was much damaged by the mines sprung by the French, but has since been repaired and enlarged...’
The city of Moscow itself is described in the book as being five miles long and four miles wide, with a circumference of 20 miles and a population of 20,000.
This image is based on an earlier print (see GAC 18241) by an unknown artist, which was published by Robert Bowyer as an illustration to ‘An Illustrated Record of Important Events in the Annals of Europe, during the years 1812, 1813, 1814 & 1815’.