Festivities at the opening of New London Bridge. Lithograph by C.J. Grant, 1831.

  • Grant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852.
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About this work


The opening of New London Bridge by King William IV and Queen Adelaide on 1 August 1831: view towards the north end of the bridge, with the Monument and the church of St Magnus the Martyr beyond. The canopies, balloons, flags, barges etc. shown in other depictions of the event are shown here, but with mocking comments. The salute of honour is labelled "Loaded with gunpowder tea", and the barges of the livery companies are in the form of a "Dripping pan", "Skimmer", "Butter boat", dolphins etc. On the bridge stand Gog and Magog, one playing a violin, the other blowing away a balloon


[London] : [E. King], [1831]

Physical description

1 print : lithograph ; image 13.8 x 20 cm


The ridiculous. The Royal & civic trains, & the festive reception of their majesties upon the above occasion, the whole matter under the souperintendence of the Fishmonger's Company & the Committee of Taste.


With: 'The sublime', printed on the same sheet, showing a bird's eye view of London


Wellcome Collection 36518i


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