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47 Romans occupying Britain found Londinium as a garrison and trading settlement. Mary-leBow church. 200 The first city walls are erected by the Romans. 1189 Henry Fitz Ailwyn becomes London’s first recorded Lord Mayor. 604 St. Paul’s Cathedral is established on its current site. 1212 The Great Fire of Southwark destroys London Bridge and surrounding streets. 880s Saxon King Alfred the Great reoccupies the original Roman city. 1066 William, Duke of Normandy, invades England, and the Norman Period begins.

For many, the Georgian years also mark the high point of British painting, with Joshua Reynolds (1723–92) and Thomas Gainsborough (1727–88) ranking alongside Blake (largely unrecognized in his own lifetime) and Hogarth as the towering figures of the period.  109) in 1768, was a firm believer in the painter’s duty to celebrate history, and was influenced by Classical art and the paintings of European Old Masters.  180). Reynolds’ portrait of Dr.  107). indd 29 8/23/11 11:10 PM LONDON IN DEPTH The Making of London 2 Fashionable, moneyed London society was often the subject matter of Gainsborough’s much admired portraiture.

Hyde (1886), Joseph Conrad’s Secret Agent (1907), and even Francis Ford Coppola’s stylized-Gothic movie, Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992); murder, madness, terrorism, and sex are not new London themes, and were lapped up by a Victorian public reared on “Penny dreadfuls,” cheap serial publications filled with lurid fiction. The poverty described by Henry Mayhew in his London Labour and the London Poor (1851) later influenced the Communist writings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.  171); his daughter Eleanor committed suicide in the southern suburb of Sydenham in 1898.

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