'Jubilee in St James Park', 1 August 1814.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Woodcut showing the Chinese pagoda and bridge created over the canal at St James' Park in honour of the the Grand Jubilee celebrations on 1 August 1814. The Prince Regent (and future King George IV) declared a Grand Jubilee in celebration of the recent victory over Napoleon and to mark a centenary of Hanoverian rule. A picturesque yellow bridge topped with a seven-storey Chinese pagoda was erected over the Canal in St. James Park. A gala was also organised to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Nile and parts of the battle were re-enacted by rowboats upon the canal. English aeronaut Windham Sadler ascended in the balloon which can be seen flying overhead. Published by J Pitts on 16 September 1814. Dimensions: 260mm x 330mm.