LONDON AND BIRMINGHAM RAILWAY London Entrance to the Primrose Hill Tunnel now in progress of erection.
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PRINT BY: C Rosenberg, (most likely Charles Rosenberg II)
AFTER/ARTIST: James Hennell
DATE: Sept 1837
METHOD: Aquatint, uncoloured
IMAGE SIZE: 255 mm by 405 mm image area, plus margins
NOTES: Now here is something a bit different - a fine railway print, showing the Primrose Hill Tunnel entrance, with a group of Land Surveyors carrying out some levelling. As the rails were already down, they were presumably doing some final checks!
The London to Birmingham Railway was constructed c1837, with this tunnel through Primrose Hill being 3,360 feet long. It is just north of Regent’s Park, and is now in the London Borough of Camden. The print manages to suggest a pleasant rural air, alas and alak not the case today!
The print has the number Plate 1 in the top right corner, so was no doubt from one of the many publications made at this time, celebrating railway and other engineering projects.
The printmaker, Rosenberg, is well known and listed, but interestingly we have no information on the artist, Hennell. He is not listed in any of our dictionaries - might he have been an engineer, who turned his hand to drawing?
CONDITION: Very good. Very clean and with good wide margins.
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