Auction 129, Lot 483

"The Metropolitan Boroughs as Defined by the Reform Bill", Anon.

Subject: London, England

Period: 1832 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20 x 24 inches
50.8 x 61 cm

The Electoral Reform Act of 1832 created the metropolitan boroughs of London as depicted on this finely drawn plan that extends from Tottenham in the north, West Ham in the east, south to Norwood and west to Kensington. At bottom left is an explanation of the boundary lines and a list of 'liberties' - the name given to areas exempt from the jurisdiction of the country sheriff, being subject to a separate commission of the peace (in this case royal and governmental authorities). The upper corners are decorated with the arms of the City of London and the City of Westminster, both embellished with floral sprays.

References: Howgego #338.

Condition: B

Issued folded, now flattened with some folds reinforced with tissue on verso. There is a 4" tear at top center that has been repaired.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $600

Closed on 9/23/2009