Scarce "balloon view" of London from the north, published in London in 1851 by Banks & Co.
The view was evidently taken from a balloon that was launched from Hampstead Heath, as indicated in the subtitle.
The view allows "individual buildings to be distinguished, and the relationship between railway viaducts and the houses over which they soared is clearly seen on the South Bank. Central London was not yet recognizable in its modern state. A rural air still pervaded Wandsworth and Camberwell' (Glanville 51).
An enormous amount of information is compressed into the image, including street names and renditions of buildings as noted above.
An impressive testament to London's growth as a Victorian metropolis.