Old Map of London, 1746 by John Rocque - B2 - Buckingham Palace, Soho, Westminster, Mayfair, Piccadilly, Green Park, Regents Street
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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 was originally published in 24 sheets. The map shown here is sheet 10, focusing on Buckingham Palace, Green Park and St James' Park, Soho, Mayfair, and parts of London that would later become Piccadilly Circus and Regents Street. (Though notably, Regents Street doesn't exist yet - here it's still called Swallow Street.)
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 map looks great at all sizes from 12x16 inches (30x40cm), to 16x20 inches (40x50cm) and 18x24 inches (45x60cm). 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 18x24 inch (45x60cm) version of this map.
If you're looking for the whole map of London, which I can print and frame at sizes up to a few meters wide, see this listing.
This large map is the ultimate statement piece for your study or drawing room. This map covers a huge swathe of central London, from Bethnal Green and Mile End in the east to Hyde Park and Chelsea in the west. From Hoxton and Marylebone in the North, to parts of Chelsea, Newington Butts and Deptford in the south.
If you're looking for other maps of London, including big ones that include the London suburbs, see my listings here.
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.