Barges at Westminster Bridge, 1740s

Barges at Westminster Bridge, 1740s

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Caption: Barges at Westminster Bridge. 18th-century artwork looking southwards along the Thames at the North prospect of Westminster Bridge. On the river in the foreground are a number of barges of livery companies of the City of London, going to Westminster (upper right) to be sworn in. The largest barge is the City Barge (lower right). Other barges include the Stationers Barge, the Goldsmiths Barge, the Skinners Barge, the Clothworkers Barge, the Merchant Taylors Barge, the Mercers Barge, the Fishmongers Barge, and the Drapers Barge. Engraving by Benjamin Cole (with an incorrect title) after a 1746 painting by Italian artist Canaletto (1697-1768).

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