BiographyHavell, Robert Robert Havell and his son were born into a family of talented artists. They established a successful business on Oxford Street that produced a number of illustrations and architectural aquatint engravings including Picturesque Views on the River Thames (1812) and Views of the Public Buildings and Bridges in London and its Environs (1820-1).
Aeronautical View of London
Coloured Aquatint, Publ. R. Havell, April 20, 1836. External measurements of frame: (height) 50cm x (width) 118cm.
Panoramic aerial view of London looking west down the River Thames showing St Katharine's Dock, the Tower of London, Monument and St Paul's Cathedral on the north side of the river, and Southwark Cathedral on the south side. Many tall ships on the river in the foreground.
Painted before powered flight, so this must have been drawn from a hot air balloon.