Part of the Bridge at Blackfriars, as it was in July 1766

Edward Rooker (1712 - 1774)

Coloured engraving

published 1 January 1777
  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
  • About the artist
    Little is known of the early life of Edward Rooker. He was a pupil of engraver Henry Roberts, in High Holborn, while simultaneously pursuing a career in acting. Between 1748 and 1749, he engraved drawings after designs by Inigo Jones and Christopher Wren. He appeared on stage at the New Wells Theatre in 1749 and, by 1752, had joined the company at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. His career as an engraver continued with plates for William Chambers’ ‘Designs of Chinese Buildings’ (1757) and James Stuart’s ‘Antiquities of Athens’ (1762). He collaborated with Paul and Thomas Sandby on ‘Six London Views’, and again with Thomas for illustrations to Tasso’s ‘Jerusalem Delivered’. He died unexpectedly, at around the time of 50th birthday.
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    Part of the Bridge at Blackfriars, as it was in July 1766
    Series Title
    Six Views of London
    published 1 January 1777
    Coloured engraving
    width: 43.90 cm, height: 57.40 cm
    Purchased from the Parker Gallery, July 1966
    GAC number