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CORPORATION OF LONDON. Committee for Rebuilding London Bridge
Guildhall, 16th July, 1831. I am directed by the Committee for Rebuilding London Bridge to transmit to you the accompanying cards of admission to the ceremony of opening the new bridge, and the déjeuné à la fourchette after the same, on Monday the first day of August next; ...
[London]: [1831].
[4] p. ; 24.2 cm. (4°)

Drop-head title. Signed as a letter by 'Henry Woodthorpe', Clerk to the Corporation. The competition to design a replacement for the old London Bridge, which had been condemned by the engineer John Rennie (1756--1821), was announced in 1822 (q.v.) and led to a protracted dispute as to the winning submissions. The new bridge was eventually built by Rennie's son, also John, who was knighted in 1831 when the bridge was opened. See A.T. Bolton (ed.), The portrait of Sir John Soane, R.A. (London 1927), p. 357. Soane commissioned a painting of 'The Royal Procession at the Opening of London Bridge' by George Jones, 1831, hanging in the North Drawing Room at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields and showing Soane and his housekeeper Mrs Conduitt among the crowd.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink Sir and addressed at the end to John Soane Esqr / &c &c &c, and with the text altered in ink to read 'Cards of Admission'.

Binding Folded paper.

Reference Number 6306


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