fire engines and Covent Garden Theatre

Left: James Pollard, engraved by Richard Gilson Reeve, London Fire Engines: The noble protectors of lives and property (1823). In this image, several insurance brigades hurry to a fire. The Phoenix Fire Office is represented as the central green wagon drawn by white horses, with firemen wearing buff-colored livery. Courtesy of the British Museum. Right: Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Charles Pugin, Covent Garden Theatre (1808). Plate 27 of Rudolph Ackermann, The Microcosm of London; or, London in Miniature, 3 vols. (London: T Bensley, 1808-10), 1: 212-13. This image, created just before the theatre burned down, depicts the interior of the theatre with Handel’s organ at its center. Courtesy of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto.