A visual history of the London Skyline

1550

[Anton van den Wyngaerde]

London Bridge 1554-7

London Bridge 1554-7

Wyngaerde - West London

Wyngaerde – West London

Wyngaerde - Central London

Wyngaerde – Central London

Wyngaerde - East London

Wyngaerde – East London

1569

[Joris Hoefnagel]

Hoefnagel - Fete at Bermondsey - 1569

Hoefnagel – Fete at Bermondsey – 1569

Hoefnagel - 1572

Hoefnagel – 1572

1616

[Claes van Visscher]

Vesccher - panorama

Vesccher – panorama

Vesscher - detail - West London

Vesscher – detail – West London

Vesscher - detail - West/Central London

Vesscher – detail – West/Central London

Vesscher - detail - Central London

Vesscher – detail – Central London

Vesscher - detail - Central/East London

Vesscher – detail – Central/East London

Vesscher - detail - East London

Vesscher – detail – East London

1650

[Mattheus Merian]

Merian - Before the Great Fire of London - 1650

Merian – Before the Great Fire of London – 1650

Merian - During the Great Fire of London - 1666

Merian – During the Great Fire of London – 1666

1647-77

[Wenceslaus Hollar]

Hollar - 1647

Hollar – 1647

Hollar - 1647

Hollar – detail – 1647

Hollar - Tower of London - date unknown

Hollar – Tower of London – date unknown

Hollar - St Paul's - before and after the Great Fire

Hollar – St Paul’s – before and after the Great Fire

Hollar - view of East London before and after the Great Fire

Hollar – view of East London before and after the Great Fire

Hollar - view from Milford stairs - 1643

Hollar – view from Milford stairs – 1643

1700

[Frederick de Wit]

Wit - 1700

Wit – 1700

1774

[Samuel & Nathaniel Buck]

Buck - Westminster - 1774

Buck – Westminster – 1774

Buck - Somerset House to Bridewell

Buck – Somerset House to Bridewell

Buck - Fleet Ditch to St. Michael’s Church

Buck – Fleet Ditch to St. Michael’s Church

Buck - Old Street Church to The Tower of London

Buck – Old Street Church to The Tower of London

1806-7

[The Rhinebeck' Panorama - artist unknown]

The 'Rhinebeck' panorama - courtesy of the Museum of London

The ‘Rhinebeck’ panorama – courtesy of the Museum of London

 

Detail of The Rhinebeck Panorama: 19th century

Detail of The Rhinebeck Panorama: 19th century

Detail of The Rhinebeck Panorama: 19th century

Detail of The Rhinebeck Panorama: 19th century

Detail of The Rhinebeck Panorama: 19th century

Detail of The Rhinebeck Panorama: 19th century

Detail of The Rhinebeck Panorama: 19th century

Detail of The Rhinebeck Panorama: 19th century

1865

Thames Embankment construction 1865

Thames Embankment construction 1865

1877

[Henry Dawson]

Henry Dawson - 1877

Henry Dawson – 1877

1900

Tower Bridge, circa 1900, shortly after the bridge's completion

Tower Bridge, circa 1900, shortly after the bridge’s completion

Late 1800’2/early 1900′s

[Monet]

Monet - Thames at Westminster - 1871

Monet – Thames at Westminster – 1871

Monet - Charing Cross Bridge - 1899

Monet – Charing Cross Bridge – 1899

Monet - Parliament - 1904

Monet – Parliament – 1904

Monet -  London Parliament in Winter - 1904

Monet – London Parliament in Winter – 1904

Monet - Houses of Parliament, Sunset - 1902

Monet – Houses of Parliament, Sunset – 1902

Monet - Le Parlement, effet de brouillard - 1904

Monet – Le Parlement, effet de brouillard – 1904

Monet - Houses of Parliament - 1905

Monet – Houses of Parliament – 1905

Monet - Waterloo Bridge - 1899

Monet – Waterloo Bridge – 1899

1892

Construction of Tower Bridge - 1892

Construction of Tower Bridge – 1892

1930

London Victoria Embankment - 1930

London Victoria Embankment – 1930

1940

St Paul's during the Blitz of WWII - 1940

St Paul’s during the Blitz of WWII – 1940

Present Day – 2013

[Stephanie Wolff]

Tower Bridge landscape - © Stephanie Wolff

Tower Bridge landscape – © Stephanie Wolff

London Bridge Station - © Stephanie Wolff

London Bridge Station – © Stephanie Wolff

Canary Wharf - © Stephanie Wolff

Canary Wharf – © Stephanie Wolff

Southwark - © Stephanie Wolff

Southwark – © Stephanie Wolff

Tower Bridge portrait - © Stephanie Wolff

Tower Bridge portrait – © Stephanie Wolff

Tower of London - © Stephanie Wolff

Tower of London – © Stephanie Wolff

London Bridges - © Stephanie Wolff

London’s Bridges – © Stephanie Wolff

London Eye - © Stephanie Wolff

London Eye – © Stephanie Wolff

Tower Bridge - © Stephanie Wolff

Tower Bridge – © Stephanie Wolff

Monument - © Stephanie Wolff

Monument – © Stephanie Wolff

City of London - © Stephanie Wolff

City of London – © Stephanie Wolff

Central & West London - © Stephanie Wolff

Central & West London – © Stephanie Wolff

Houses of Parliament - © Stephanie Wolff

Houses of Parliament – © Stephanie Wolff

St Paul's - © Stephanie Wolff

St Paul’s – © Stephanie Wolff

(All black & white photographs in the ‘present day’ series by Stephanie Wolff are now available in a limited edition of prints, obtainable on application – contact details here)

About londoninsight

A compassionate photographer working to better her understanding of her town, her village, London.
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7 Responses to A visual history of the London Skyline

  1. rebelhand says:

    Thanks, Stephanie, a fascinating visual treat.

  2. bobbymond says:

    love it!

    I notice you enjoyed the Monet’s :-)

    Where did you take your shots? From the Shard?

  3. Julia Smith says:

    Thank you for compiling all these pictures of the Thames, it tells the story of London so well. Julia

  4. Deborah Hart Stock says:

    How fascinating. It would be interesting to see panoramic views from the 19th century too, but perhaps Victorian artists weren’t so keen on this aspect? Thanks for posting the series though, and your photos make a wonderful update.

  5. Really loved this post – great to see so many skylines in one place.

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