Title: London Bridge from Surry side of River Thames. Le Pont de Londres. Presumably, Joseph Thomas Wood published bilingual cards for international visitors of the Great Exhibition 1851.
Signed and Titled in the plate: London, J. T. Wood. 33. Holywell St. Strand. London Bridge from Surry side of River Thames. Le Pont de Londres.
Dimensions: 4 1/2" x 6".
Publisher: Joseph Thomas Wood, leading printer, publisher, books and stationery seller of Victorian Era.
Date: Circa 1851.
Materials and Techniques: Steel line engraving on "enamel card." Another name is "porcelain card."
Condition: Stored in the family album since May 1851 according to the date in the u.r. corner of album's page. Part of the paint from the surface of the engraving was offsetting through the tissue guard to the previous page and soaked into it. A detailed condition report is available on demand.
Museums and Libraries: The British Museum and V&A Museum keep several cards.
Note: There is more about J. T. Wood in the informative post "J. T. Wood of the Strand" by Laurence Worms (Ash Rare Books) in his blog "The Bookhunter on Safari."
This bridge was bought by an American entrepreneur, Robert P. McCulloch, who took it to Lake Havasu, Arizona, U.S. (The American who bought London Bridge - BBC News).