Original 17th century copperplate print, 1683
Title of the print: 'Westminster-Haal; Westminster'
The print shows two views of Westminster, depicting Westminster Hall & Westminster Abbey. The Abbey is shown before the construction the two western towers, built between 1722 and 1745 by Nicholas Hawksmoor. Westminster Hall is the oldest existing part of the Palace of Westminster, was erected in 1097, at which point it was the largest hall in Europe. During the reign of King Richard II, the roof was replaced by a hammerbeam roof by the royal carpenter Hugh Herland, "the greatest creation of medieval timber architecture". Westminster Hall has the largest clearspan medieval roof in England. It has served numerous functions. It was primarily used for judicial purposes, housing three of the most important courts in the land: the Court of King's Bench, the Court of Common Pleas and the Court of Chancery. In 1875, these courts were amalgamated into the High Court of Justice, which continued to meet in Westminster Hall until it moved to the Royal Courts of Justice in 1882. In addition to regular courts, Westminster Hall also housed important trials, including impeachment trials and the state trials of King Charles I at the end of the English Civil War, Sir William Wallace, Sir Thomas More, Cardinal John Fisher, Guy Fawkes, the Earl of Strafford, the rebel Scottish Lords of the 1715 and 1745 uprisings and Warren Hastings. From the twelfth century to the nineteenth, coronation banquets honouring new monarchs were held here. The Hall has been used for lyings-in-state during state and ceremonial funerals.
DATE PRINTED: 1683
IMAGE SIZE: Approx Overall page size 13 x 21cm approximately (5 x 8 inches); image size 10.5 x 14.5cm approximately (4 x 5.5 inches)
ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Allain Manesson Mallet
PROVENANCE: "Description de l'Univers, contenant les differents systemes du Monde, les Cartes generales & particulieres de la Geographie Ancienne & Moderne: Les Plans & les Profils des principales Villes & des autres lieux considerables de la Terre; avec les portraits de Souverains qui y commandent, leurs Blasons, Titres & Livrees: Et les Moeurs, Religions, Gouvernements & divers habillemens de chaque Nation", dedie'e au Roy, par Allain Manesson Mallet. Paris, Chez Denys Thierry, Rue S. Jacques, MDCLXXXIII [First edition, Paris, 1683]
TYPE: Original 17th century copperplate print
VERSO: There are images and/or text printed on the reverse side
CONDITION: Good; suitable for framing. Please check the scan for any blemishes prior to making your purchase. Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. I offer a no questions asked return policy - see below.
AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic print, published at the date stated above. I do not offer reproductions. It is not a modern copy. The term 'original' when applied to a print means that it was printed at the first or original date of publication; it does not imply that the item is unique. 'Print' means any image created by applying an inked block to paper or card under pressure by any method including wood engraving, steel engraving, copperplate, wood cut and lithography.
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