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Old Houses in the Butcher Row
Materials & Techniques:
Engraving on slightly textured, medium, white wove paper
Sheet: 12 5/8 × 9 7/8 inches (32.1 × 25.1 cm), Plate: 9 × 6 13/16 inches (22.9 × 17.3 cm), Image: 7 11/16 × 6 1/8 inches (19.5 × 15.6 cm)

Lettered, lower center: "OLD HOUSES in the BUTCHER ROW | The right hand corner house in this view (which stood on the east side of the St. Celement's lane, near Clement's Inn, and | was taken down 30 March 1798) has been suggested to have been the House in which the horrid conspiracy to destroy the | King, and his Children and Parliament, by Gun powder was determined upon and sworn, and that a book entitled | 'The Gun powder Treason', prefaced by ... Bishop of Lincoln (reprinted 1679) identified it as such, but in respect to this sugges- | tion, it appears, on referring to the book, that the conspirator Thomas Winter, confessed that Catesby, Peroy, Wright, Guy Vaux and | himself met merely 'behind Saint Clements' (without any further description fo the place_) where they adminstered to each other the | oath of secrecy, and after, received the sacrament 'in the next room ; On this ground, therefore, the identity of the House is still uncer | tain, and the above houses are inserted only as curious specimens of ancient modes of building in the metropolis"; lower center: "Pub: Aug 10 1798 by N. Smith, Rembrandts Head Gt. Mays Building St. Martins Lane & I.T. Smith, 40 Frith Street, Soho"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
architectural subject
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