Antique print dated 1896. The page is over 120 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set it within a gold frame with mount.
Also available in either a brown frame or a black frame, your choice. RL.89.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm.
Entitled – Clerkenwell.
Below the picture reads:
Clerkenwell. – Most of the legends and traditions of the ancient and interesting London district known as Clerkenwell cluster round St. John’s Gate, the old south gate of the Priory of St. John of Jerusalem – a relic of old religion and of ancient glory. The Prior of St. John of Jerusalem ranked as the first baron of England; and in the year 1240 his powerful order held in Christendom 19,000 lordships and manors. Further additions were made in the reign of Edward I., but the preceptory was burned by Wat Tyler’s rabble. In 1504 the hospital was restored to its full palatial grandeur, and then also was the grand south gate built by Sir Thomas Docwra. St. John’s Gate – the fine specimen of Docwra’s architecture shown in this view – is built of brick and freestone. The walls are about 3ft. thick, and are built of brick, faced with Ryestone, such as is used in Henry VII.’s Chapel. The famous gate and its flanking towers, formerly much higher than they are now, since the soil has risen round them, are pierced with numerous windows, the principal one being a wide Tudor arch with three mullions and many coats of arms. Beneath this window are several shields, set in Gothic niches. In the centre are the arms of France and England, surmounted by a crown; and on each side are the arms of the priory, shields, and other insignia. The memorable room over the arch is approached by an Elizabethan staircase, and it was here that Dr. Johnson toiled for Cave, the editor of the “Gentleman’s Magazine.” Here, too, Garrick made his first theatrical debut in London, the great actor playing the leading comic part in Fielding’s “Mock Doctor,” his supporters being a few printers of Cave’s magazine.
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