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Auction 158, Lot 244

"Mr. Wyatt's Plan of the Proposed Docks, at the Isle of Dogs, from Blackwall, to Limehouse Hole", Basire, James I

Subject: London, England

Period: 1803 (dated)

Publication: Report on Providing Accomodation for the Trade and Shipping of the Port of London

Color: Black & White

20.4 x 14.8 inches
51.8 x 37.6 cm

This engraving depicts a proposal for a series of docks at the Isle of Dogs, from Blackwall to Limehouse Hole. The Port of London was expanding rapidly at the end of the 18th century, and a number of plans were proposed to increase the wet dock capacity of the port. Samuel Wyatt, Surveyor at Trinity House, suggested this plan for three parallel docks with entrance basins at the Isle of Dogs. His plan was originally published in the Parliamentary Reports for 1796, printed by Hansard & Sons, and reprinted in 1803. The legend at bottom indicates that the plan would accommodate 910 ships. Of course, Wyatt's plan was not adopted, as the area is now known as Canary Wharf, one of the world's leading financial centers. Engraved by James Basire.


Condition: B+

Light soiling and foxing with several small holes in the left blank margin that have been professionally infilled.

Estimate: $400 - $500


Closed on 6/22/2016