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Topographical Drawings

Work by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm, George Scharf and John Buckler features among 3,000 images from the country's largest collection of topographical drawings.

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Curator's introduction

The UK's largest collection

Our extensive collections of British topographical drawings have been assembled over the last 250 years. They owe their existence largely to the collecting instincts of generations of antiquarians and their passion for documenting, in word and image, the urban and rural landscapes around them.

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Curator's choice

Curator's introduction highlights personal favourite items from the collection

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Battle Abbey Gateway from The Marketplace

Battle Abbey was built by William the Conqueror near Hastings to commemorate, as its name suggest...

A cricket match in Devonshire Street

Devonshire Street was built in the 1780s, named after the Duke of Devonshire, on the site of the ...

Kirkby in Ashfield Church, procession of the schoolchildren

View in ink of the north-western part of St Wilfrid's church. Grimm painted this scene during a v...

William Parsons, Kirkby gamekeeper

A portrait in ink of William Parsons, gamekeeper, at Kirkby in Ashfield.

On Shooters Hill, London

At 434 feet high, Shooter's Hill is famed as an excellent viewing point over London. The hill is ...

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