Limited Edition ‘The Prospect Of Whitby’ Print By Charles Patrickson
This is limited edition 9 of 850
Signed by the artist lower right
The frame measures approx 35cm x 46cm
Will be well packaged and sent via 48hr courier /postal service
History of the pub
The Prospect of Whitby is a historic pub located on the banks of the river Thames in Wapping. The pub is known to have been a popular meeting place for sailors, fishermen, and other members of the maritime community, and is one of the oldest pubs in London.
The Prospect of Whitby was built around 1520, during the reign of Henry VIII. The pub was first known as The Pelican, but later nicknamed The Devil’s Tavern, since it was a notorious hangout for pirates, smugglers, thieves, and other maritime criminals.
Due to its location on the banks of the river Thames, the pub has a long association with people who make their living from the river including sailors, fishermen, boat builders and sea captains. In fact, in 1553, the pub was the departure point for Sir Hugh Willoughby’s disastrous expedition to discover the North-East Passage to China.
The pub has been rebuilt and renovated over the centuries, and today all that remains from its earliest history is the floor of the bar which is over 500 years old.
The name of the pub came from a ship called “Prospect” that used to berth outside. It was built and registered in Whitby in Yorkshire, and would ferry coal from Newcastle to London.
A few years after the pub’s name was changed, it gained a unique claim to fame becoming the place where the first fuchsia plant in the country was sold. It was brought to England in 1780 by a sailor who managed to keep the plant alive during his travels. It is said that he brought the plant from the West Indies, and sold it for a quart of rum
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