RENNIE, Sir John.
A View of Old London Bridge in 1823 after the Removal of the Waterworks, from a drawing by Maj. G. Yates, and Three Views of New London Bridge from drawings by Sir John Rennie...
- London: Martin & Co., .
- Abbey Scenery 223; Bobins 743.
Oblong folio, 4 lithographed plates, plate No.1 of the View of the West Side of London Bridge, coloured, mounted and in the original printed wrappers, preserved in a green cloth box, with a green morocco title label to spine. Rennie, a civil engineer from the Haddington area of Scotland, gained much of his experience by working fro a millwright as a youth. On settling in London, Rennie began to pay attention to the construction of many of the important canals, and for many years was engaged in extensive draining operations in the Lincolnshire fens. Among the docks and harbours constructed or improved by Rennie, may be mentioned the London docks. He also obtained a deserved reputation as a builder of bridges, his original commissions at Kelso and Musselburgh, the latter presenting a remarkable innovation in the flatness of the roadway. His later work in this field, showed he was a skilful architect, with a keen sense of beauty of design.
Coloured plates in order:
1. A View of Old London Bridge in 1823 after the Removal of the Waterworks, from a drawing by Maj. G. Yates.
2. New London Bridge. Plate 1.
3. New London Bridge. Plate 2. Longitudinal Section.
4. New London Bridge. Plate 3. Both bridges featured.