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The Pool of London - Andre Derain - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W


The Pool of London - Andre Derain - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W

André Derain was a French artist, painter, sculptor and co-founder of Fauvism with Henri Matisse.

The Pool of London is a stretch of the River Thames from London Bridge to below Limehouse. Part of the Tideway of the Thames, the Pool was navigable by tall-masted vessels bringing coastal and later overseas goods—the wharves there were the original part of the Port of London.

Originally, the Pool was the stretch of the River Thames along Billingsgate on the south side of the City of London where all imported cargoes had to be delivered for inspection and assessment by Customs Officers, giving the area the name of "Legal Quays".

The Pool was of vital importance to London for centuries but it reached its peak in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Pool saw a phenomenal increase in both overseas and coastal trade in the second half of the eighteenth century. By 1794 this had risen to 3,663 ships and 620,845 tons. The congestion was so extreme that it was said to be possible to walk across the Thames simply by stepping from ship to ship

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