This work shows the Lord Mayor’s Water Procession through London, which took place on 29 October 1683. The scene is focused on the River Thames, which is filled with barges belonging to the City of London and the various Livery Companies. Beyond the river is a waterfront view of the Palace of Whitehall. The then monarch, Charles II, can just be made out on a roof of the Palace, wearing a hat and the Star of the Garter. He is accompanied by his consort, Queen Catherine, and his brother, James, Duke of York (later King James II and VII). Whitehall Palace is shown before the rebuilding of the Queen's Apartments by Sir Christopher Wren in the reign and James II and before almost the entire palace was burnt down in 1698.
The original painting on which this print is based is now in the Royal Collection, having been acquired by Queen Victoria. The painting has been described as the work of ‘a proficient artist, probably from the Low Countries’ and was previously attributed to Dutch painter and etcher Dirck Stoop (c.1618-c.1676).
This large~photogravure was published in 1909 by the London Topographical Society by permission of the then king, Edward VII.
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