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Commemorative cotton/linen handkerchief

Object no. LDBRU:2007.2
Size 540mm (w) x 405mm (h)
Location Stored at London Metropolitan Archives
Acquired Gift
Graham Whatley (previously owned by Nick de Salis)
Cream cotton/linen handkerchief with printed design in red, commemorating: "The Thames Tunnel opened the 25th day of March 1843.” The central illustration of the grand staircase is most similar to an engraving by Thomas H. Ellis, with additional figures added to the scene. The diagram of the Thames Tunnel is similar to one by William Westall. The quality of the handkerchief suggests it was a mass-produced, relatively cheap souvenir for visitors to the Thames Tunnel, that could have been bought within the tunnel itself.
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