Claes Jansz. Visscher’s 1616 engraving is one of the most iconic images of medieval London. Four hundred years on, artist Robin Reynolds has recreated the 6.6ft panorama to depict today’s metropolis. Published in the year of Shakespeare’s death, Visscher’s engraving is one of the few visual records of London before much of it was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. To commemorate the landmark anniversaries of 350 years since the Fire and 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, the two artworks will be displayed side-by-side at Guildhall Art Gallery. COMPETITION: In recognition of Shakespeare 400, Reynolds’s drawing includes references to the Bard’s 37 plays, three major poetic works, and the sonnets. Follow the clues and go in the draw to win a signed copy of the print and a tour of the exhibition with Reynolds himself. Enquire at the Gallery’s reception for details on how to enter.
Visscher Redrawn: 1616-2016
In a City moving forward so fast, it pays to look back.
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