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Then and now: London in paintings

Posted at 6:15 pm, March 6, 2014 in Photos of London

There’s nothing like comparing old and new to make you realise just how much a city’s changed over the last few centuries. One clever person on Reddit has done just that, merging work from artists like Canaletto, William Logsdail, Balthazar Nebot and John Atkinson Grimshaw onto modern day photos of the same locations the artists used in their paintings. And rather lovely they are too…

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View of The Grand Walk (1751) Canaletto

Covent Garden Market (1737) Balthazar Nebot

A View of Greenwich from the River (1750-2) Canaletto


The River Thames with St. Paul’s Cathedral on Lord Mayor’s Day (1746) Canaletto

Northumberland House (1752) Canaletto

The 9th of November, 1888 (1890) William Logsdail

Westminster Abbey with a Procession of Knights of the Bath (1749) Canaletto

St Martins in the Fields (1888) William Logsdail

The Strand Looking East from Exeter Exchange (1822) Artist Unknown

Want more lovely old pictures of London? Check out these great galleries:

Tube stations: then and now
Soho: then and now
Covent Garden: then and now


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