Old Map of London by John Rocque, 1746, C1 - Holborn, Russell & Bloomsbury Square, Lincoln's and Gray's Inn, Camden
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This is the greatest old map of London ever created. Put together by surveyor and cartographer John Rocque and engraver John Pine in 1746, this map has an incredible level of detail. The cities of London and Westminster are already quite developed, but south of the river in Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham it's still mostly fields.
This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16 inches (31x41cm), 18x24 inches (45.5x61cm) and 24x36 inches (61x91.5cm), but it looks even better when printed large.
I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 50 inches tall (125cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 24x18 inch (61x45.5cm) version of this map.
This map was originally published in 24 sheets. The map shown here is sheet C1, which focuses on the areas north and south of High Holborn and the most central parts of the borough of Camden. Some of the key locations shown on this map include Lincoln's Inn Fields, Bloomsbury Square, the area that would become Russell Square, Great Ormond Street (but the hospital isn't quite there yet), Red Lyon Square, the space that would become the British Museum (it's just fields and gardens here), Gray's Inn road and square, and many more.
The whole area that is usually called St Pancras today, up towards Euston Road, is just a bunch of fields called Lambs Conduit Fields.
Of course, many things have changed over the last 300 years or so, but you should be able to recognise some other landmarks if you know the area well.
Take a look at the listing images and you'll see that, even by the mid-18th century, many of London's street names and landmarks already exist - particularly in built-up areas like Westminster and the City of London. It's a different story south of the river, of course - parts of Southwark may be recognisable if you look closely, but Lambeth is just a handful of roads and fields that no longer exist.
This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, work leaving or housewarming gift for someone from London or who has the capital of England close to their heart.
I can also print and frame the complete map of London by John Rocque, all 24 sheets, at sizes up to a few metres wide.
I also have lots of other maps of London, including big maps that include the London suburbs.
This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.
Some of my old maps are now available on canvas. Smaller and larger sizes are available, but you must contact me to order.
Check my canvas maps collection to see which maps are currently available on canvas.
Canvas old maps are an interesting alternative to conventionally framed maps. Depending on your personal taste and room decor, canvas maps can "pop" a bit more than a framed map.
I print on responsibly sourced canvas with very high quality, fade-resistant inks. Then the canvas is stretched over a hand-glued solid wood frame - and yes, the wood is responsibly and renewably sourced.
The finished piece is 1.5 inches (3.8cm) deep and comes ready to hang.
Please note that because of the texture of canvas, some of the finer details on some maps will be harder to read than a map printed on paper.
At 36x24 inches (90x60cm) everything should be legible. But if you want to check before you order, please contact me.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.