Destruction of the Royal Exchange by Fire

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Attributed to William Heath (1795-1840), Destruction of the Royal Exchange by Fire, on the 10th of January, [1838]. Etching with hand coloring. Published by Robert Havell’s Zoological Gallery, London. Graphic Arts Collection GA2012 in process

On the night of January 10, 1838, the Royal Exchange, at the corner of Threadneedle and Cornhill Streets in the City of London, burned to the ground. It was one of the most spectacular fires of the 19th century and many artists got out of bed to sketch the scene, including William Heath. At least two prints are derived from Heath’s drawings, an etching published by Robert Havell at his Zoological Gallery [above] and a lithograph published by Rudolph Ackermann at his Eclipse Sporting Gallery [below].


The Destruction of the Royal Exchange by Fire on Jany 10th 1838
British Museum

See also: Effingham Wilson (1783-1868), Wilson’s Description of the New Royal Exchange, including an Historical Notice of the Former Edifices … (London: E. Wilson, 1844). DA687.R69 W557 1844.