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A City Burned

Hollar. A Generall Map of the Whole Citty. London, 1666

Perhaps no one was in a better position to expertly depict the extent of the Great Fire’s damage than Wenceslaus Hollar. Within days of the fire, Hollar was at work on a new map. The king wrote to the Lord Mayor of London and the aldermen, requesting that they assist Hollar in any way possible. This view responds to the by-then conventional outline of the city, and it continues to include the outlines of individual buildings in the surrounding areas outside the perimeter of the fire. But

within the perimeter of destruction, Hollar depicts the ground plan only. This contributes all the more to the visual impact of the devastation.


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