Compare the two artists’ depiction of London created 400 years apart with Visscher Redrawn: 1616-2016 at the Guildhall Art Gallery.
Claes Jansz. Visscher’s iconic 1616 engraving of the capital, stretching from Whitehall to St. Katharine’s Dock, was published in the year of Shakespeare’s death, and is one of few surviving visual representations of the city made before the Great Fire of 1666.
To mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, artist Robin Reynolds has reworked Visscher’s historic cityscape into a brand new pen and ink version, which references the bard’s plays, poems and sonnets.
These two works go on a free display alongside one another, as part of a series of events for Shakespeare 400.