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REPORT OF A COMMITTEE OF GENTLEMEN ...
Report of a committee of gentlemen appointed to take into consideration Mr Martin's plan, for the improvement and conservancy of the River Thames, &c. &c. &c.
[London]: [1836].
33, [1] p., [1] litho. pl. ; 33.5 cm. (2º)

The chairman of the Committee was the Earl of Euston (4th Duke of Grafton); members of the committee included John Britton, Asher Goldsmid, W.C. Mylne and A.B. Granville. Includes John Martin's sketch of the river, sewers and wharves of an architectural plan of riverside improvement, dated 'June 2nd. 1834'. John Martin's plan 'for rescuing the River Thames from every species of pollution' was first circulated in 1834, following an earlier unsuccessful scheme published in 1827 as Mr John Martin's plan for supplying with pure water the cities of London and Westminster, and of materially improving and beautifying the western parts of the metropolis (2nd ed. 1828, q.v.). 'Like Jericho, Babylon, Herculaneum, and Thebes before it, Martin's Nineveh was an awful example to Londoners of what could befall them. In the 1820s an expanding London, the new Babylon as it was often referred to, lacked infrastructure to a frightening degree. The Thames, tidal and without river walls, was both water supply and sewer. Cholera broke out in 1830. From the late 1820s onwards Martin devoted much of his time and energy to schemes for metropolitan improvement. He designed embankments to prevent the Thames flooding, to contain sewers and (grander even than anything the builders of his Nineveh had achieved) to accommodate also an underground railway system. ... He proposed glazed shopping malls and uninterrupted green spaces extending from Kensington to Whitehall. Such schemes chimed in with the themes of his paintings both in relation to disasters, impending or witnessed, and in the similarities of approach: the picturesque treatment of crisis and a punctilious attention to detail.' See ODNB s.v. Martin, John (1789--1854). [Accessed 30 September 2013.] The Appendix includes a list of 'Gentlemen ... willing to concur in the consideration of mr. Martin's Plan' and this has been augmented in ink at the foot of p. [11] with Additional names since this was printed .... These additional names include that of David Mocatta, who had been apprenticed to Soane from 1821 to 1827 (Bolton, Portrait, p. 299).

Copy Notes Bound (3) with two other reports on bridges and waterways, 1820--1836, preceding the docket-title of the second item.

Binding C20th blue cloth, gilt-lettered spine.

Reference Number 4466


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