Painting of London produced just before the Great Fire of 1666 destroyed vast swathes of the city

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Pictured: The Old Palace of Westminster survived the blaze, which stopped its progress just around the bend of the river, but it burnt down in another fire in 1834.<br />
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A majestic painting of London produced just before the Great Fire of 1666 destroyed vast swathes of the city has emerged for sale for £20,000.<br />
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The oil on canvas work, believed to be by Dutch artist Thomas Wyck (1616-1677), shows a view of the Thames during the Lord Mayor's Procession in the early 1660s. A salute is fired as a flotilla sails down the Thames, with the Old Palace of Westminster, Westminster Hall and the Abbey in the background.<br />
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The Great Fire of London, which started at a bakery in Pudding Lane, swept through the capital for four days, destroying 13,200 homes and landmarks including The Royal Exchange, Guildhall and St Paul's Cathedral.<br />
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The Old Palace of Westminster survived the blaze, which stopped its progress just around the bend of the river, but it burnt down in another fire in 1834.<br />
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The 2ft by 3ft painting is going under the hammer at auctioneers Woolley & Wallis, of Salisbury, Wilts.