"The centre of pleasure and magnificence": Paul and Thomas Sandby's London
- Publisher: University of California Press
In this essay John Bonehill examines Six London Views, a set of prints published between late 1766 and early 1768 by Edward Rooker, mainly after designs by Paul and Thomas Sandby. These prints are considered in relation to rival pictorial visions of the city as well as to architectural debates regarding the capital's preservation and modernization—its pasts, presents, and futures. These London views advanced the argument for a more “magnificent” and scenographic cityscape, one indebted to the grand visions of court architects of the past, preeminently Inigo Jones, and more befitting the imperial age ushered in by the victories of the Seven Years' War.