Blackfriars Bridge by Piranesi
By PIRANESI, Gianbattista , 1766

A view of part of the intended bridge at Blackfriars, London. in August MDCCLXIII. By Robert Mylne Architect. Engraved by Piranesi at Rome.

British Isles London
  • Author: PIRANESI, Gianbattista
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Publish'd according to Act of Parliament
  • Publication date: 10th March 1766.
  • Physical description: Engraving, laid down on card, trimmed just within platemark, creased at centrefold and left hand corners.
  • Dimensions: 400 by 606mm (15.75 by 23.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 18144


A view of the first Blackfriars Bridge, built by Robert Mylne from Portland stone, opening in 1769. Mylne was a young Scot who had studied architecture in Rome, where he had been befriended by Piranesi. Having won the commission to build Blackfriars Bridge, Mylne sent his mentor a drawing of the work in progress. In an incredible act of generosity Piranesi replied by sending a copper plate of professional quality back to London where Mylne had it published. With key engraved below.