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Framed bird’s-eye view showing London in 1560,
'Civitas Londinum' full size reproduction bird’s-eye view of Tudor London,
Civitas Londinum was a bird’s-eye view of London, first printed from woodblocks in about 1561. It was later rediscovered in the 18th century and widely became known as the “Agas map,” from a spurious attribution to surveyor Ralph Agas.
The attribution was made by George Vertue the 18th century antiquarian who produced a copy on pewter plates in 1736 which this reproduction is based on.
The a bird’s-eye view shows Tudor London in vivid detail; a crowded city north of the river with the Tower of London is still surrounded by a water filled moat. Surrounding the city are pastures, fields and tenter grounds where washing is being dried. South of the river there places of entertainment including bull and bear baiting. Water taxis plying between the City and Westminster, trading vessels in the docks, artillery on the riverside by the Tower.