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Claude de Jongh, ca. 1600–1663

View of London Bridge

Materials & Techniques:
Oil on panel
19 1/4 x 43 inches (48.9 x 109.2 cm), Frame: 24 × 47 1/2 inches (61 × 120.7 cm)

Signed and dated, lower left: "C. D. Jongh, Fexit 1632"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
arches | architecture | boats | bridge (built work) | buildings | cityscape | houses | river | tower (building division) | turrets | water
Associated Places:
City of London | Europe | Greater London | London | London Bridge | Thames | Tower of London | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Claude de Jongh’s view shows Old London Bridge, begun in the twelfth century and now remembered in the nursery rhyme “London Bridge is Falling Down.” Over the course of centuries it became crowded with commercial and residential buildings, and until 1729 it was the only crossing over the river Thames. The view is from the west looking toward the Thames Estuary. The faint silhouette of the Tower of London can just be seen on the left of the composition. On the south side of the river was Southwark, home to the Rose, the Swan, and the Globe theaters, where the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries were performed.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

The Utrecht-based Dutch topographical painter Claude de Jongh visited London on several occasions, but never settled there. His remarkable view of Old London Bridge at low tide was taken from upstream looking east, and is one of only a small number of related views that were based on a drawing that is today in the collection of the Guildhall Library in London. It was painted to order in Holland, possibly for someone who lived in one of the houses on the bridge. The view is framed by the turrets of the Tower of London on the left, and the ancient tower of the Church of St. Mary Overy (Southwark Cathedral) on the right.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2005

Recent Acquisitions - Summer 2005 (Yale Center for British Art, 2006-05-19 - 2006-08-14) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Ian Tyers, The tree-ring analysis of 23 panel paintings from the Yale Center for British Art , New Haven : dendrochronological consultancy report 470, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2011, p. 9, CC78.3 .T94 2011 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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