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hallmark1969

I wonder how the artist got all those horses and people to stand still so long while he painted it?


Arnoldthehawk

He was so fast to paint he burned his finger!


Galaghan

Maybe he took a picture first and painted that when things cooled down.


hallmark1969

I think you are on to something.


WonderfulChemist4

Opium


Gusfoo

"This painting shows the great fire of London as seen from a boat in vicinity of Tower Wharf. The painting depicts Old London Bridge, various houses, a drawbridge and wooden parapet, the churches of St Dunstan-in-the-West and St Bride's, All Hallow's the Great, Old St Paul's, St Magnus the Martyr, St Lawrence Pountney, St Mary-le-Bow, St Dunstan-in-the East and Tower of London. The painting is in the [style] of the Dutch School and is not dated or signed."


Kingsolomanhere

Destroyed 70,000 homes out of 80,000 dwellings yet only 6 verifiable deaths. Unreal when a fire kills over 80 in California in 2018 with instant communication and TV for warning


greeneyedwench

I've heard that there were probably a lot of dead people who were just never found or identified. Record-keeping was crap compared to now.


Matttthhhhhhhhhhh

Furthermore, there were probably not a lot of remains, considering the intense heat that reduces everything to ash. Even bones and cars.


prunebackwards

No wonder we can’t find any of their cars


tvgenius

That happens when there's limited roads and a fire moves fast. London burned for 5 days, so no doubt it was more a lack of adequate resources to stop it rather than a fast-spreading fire.


No-Function3409

It was more to do with the technology of the time. And the fact that regular buildings in medieval cities were built very close together with narrow roads, that would have restricted movement. The other thing to note is that fire brigades didn't really even exist in a proper sense, took london more than a century before one was set up.


Personal-Thought9453

And they have been traumatized as a nation since, overkilling every single thing that has to do with electricity or fire. Oversized everything, fuses on everything, switches on the fused-damn-things, HSE hoops around it all. Nothing ain't burnin' anymore in old Albion...well, aside from Grenfell tower, but that's another story...


No-Function3409

Not sure what this is about. But yes health and safety is NUTS here.


Personal-Thought9453

Getting downvoted for this? Lol. They invented the switch on power plugs. The gauge of their power plugs pins could take twice the load. There is more smoke alarms per sqm than anywhere else in the world. I am not saying this in a derogatory way, but I do genuinely think the great fire is engraved in the nation psyche like Baupal is engraved in industry and Piper Alpha is engraved in O&G psyche.


The-Syldon

They eventually stopped it with a fire break. All the time before that was based on trying to put the fire out. Nobody wanted their house to be the fire break.


Xuth

There's a famous diary by Samuel Pepys who documented the fire as it happened - it's hilariously devoid of panic. He talks about how he was so rudely awakened by his servant at 3am - saw the flames, *went back to bed*, then woke up thinking "huh, shit, it's kinda bad idk" - walked his arse over to Whitehall to warn the King, then only *that evening* started to move his valuables and family out of the city. It took about four days to burn the whole city down. And to be fair to Pepys he basically presumed the fire would be put out at some point and starts to get increasingly frustrated that he had to witness this slow-mo destruction of his home. Bonus fact: he buried a giant wheel of Parmesan in his garden because it was worth loads but he couldn't get it on the wagon with the rest of his stuff.


ortango_

in terms of area: Great fire of London: ~1 mile^2 Camp fire (2018): ~240 miles^2


ghostinthewoods

They have a short but great documentary on the Camp Fire on Netflix. It runs down a timeline of events and Holy Fuckballs it blew up quick.


Kingsolomanhere

Thanks I didn't know that


Grombomb

Yeah that was a terrifying day. I was just at the base of the hill wondering what the hell was going on. It was like night time outside and everybody was coming down into Chico. One dudes truck blew up right in front of me. He drove through the fire and made it into Chico but the embers got caught in his truck.


Camel_Holocaust

Well direct energy weapons are way more lethal than a regular city fire. /s (or am i?)


Control_Station_EFU

The Great Fire of London was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of London from Sunday, 2 September to Thursday, 6 September 1666. The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman city wall. It threatened but did not reach the City of Westminster, Charles II's Palace of Whitehall, and most of the suburban slums. It destroyed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Paul's Cathedral, and most of the buildings of the City authorities. It is estimated to have destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City's 80,000 inhabitants.


ScruntleYerMa

He just happened to be in the perfect position to paint it the one time it burns down? Suspicious as fuck if you ask me


TheMost_ut

Jolly old London certainly has been through a lot....wars,invasions, fires, poison fog, more wars, floods, air raids, v-rockets, more fires...


[deleted]

The Chruch said the fire was a divine punishment for gluttony as it began in a bakery on Pudding Lane and the final fires were put out on Pie Corner.


Pale-Refrigerator255

It’s an amazing, very detailed painting. It’s such a shame not to give credit to the artist. Zoom in. It’s fabulous!


Biggles79

From the collection of the Museum of London; https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/permanent-galleries/war-plague-fire


nochinzilch

I’ve had mornings like that.


maslowshierarchy1

Pish!


Arenalife

That's painted almost exactly as if the artist were set up on the middle of modern day Tower Bridge


thedepthiswithin

As a result of the Pudding Lane fire, the Plague was brought to a halt too, and London built it's City back but with much less wood this time.


mojohand2

Damn, I thought I was going to see "Shit's on fire, yo."


icanseeyourenuts

That does not look great at all!


dazedan_confused

I'm afraid you're... 9 years too late.


unixquuw

looks like keyaru..


Racechamp

Goddamnit I knew it was hitler with a time machine