Visscher's View of London
This is a detail of a view of London created by the engraver Claes Visscher around 1616. Although the image may not be a true representation (the way photographs are today), it still provides a wonderful glimpse into Shakespeare's London.
Can you find The Globe?
The outdoor theatres where Shakespeare's plays were performed were located along the south side of the River Thames, beyond city rule.
What do you find interesting about this image?
Can you guess how the people lived in seventeenth-century London?
Notice all of the small boats on the river. These boats were like our taxicabs today, carrying people to and from different places in the city.
Do you see the stairways along the north side of the river?
These stairs led to the homes of London's great families.