Classic paintings of world cities meet Google Street View – in pictures

Following on from his amazing series on The Guardian last week, here are Halley Docherty’s latest collages – well known historical paintings of city scenes around the world, from Istanbul to Saint Petersburg and Tokyo to New York, superimposed on to Google Street View.
At the Entrance to the Temple Mount 1886 Gustav Bauernfeind JERUSALEM copy(1)
At the Entrance to the Temple Mount, Jerusalem, 1886 by Gustav Bauernfeind. It shows the Dome of the Rock before it got its bronze alloy coating in the 1960s. Photograph: Halley Docherty
Istanbul - Hustle and Bustle on the Galata Bridge in Constantinople 1890s Fausto Zonaro
Hustle and Bustle on the Galata Bridge in Constantinople (1890s) by Fausto Zonaro. The view is south down Galata bridge. The Yeni Cami (New Mosque) is still there: it was completed around 1660. The painting makes it look larger and more imposing than it actually does in Google Street View, where it is mixed in with telephone wires and traffic lights. Photograph: Halley Docherty
New York - nighthawks 1942 hopper 01
Nighthawks (1942) hopper 01.A NY Times article in 2010 about a guy looking for the Nighthawks Hopper location.
Excerpt:
“After hours of hunting the archives, I was about to give up when I found a new clue in a 1950s land book. There in the map of Mulry Square, not in the empty northern lot, but on the southwest side, where Perry Street slants, the mapmaker has written in all caps a single revelatory word: DINER”. Photograph: Halley Docherty
Tokyo - Caulking Boats 1832 Kuniyoshi
Tokyo – Caulking Boats 1832 by Kuniyoshi. Today the Tokyo Skytree looks a little like the scaffold tower seen in the distance of this 1832 view across the Sumida river in Tokyo. It was in Japanese media and blogs because of this a few years ago. Next to it you can see a fire lookout post. Photograph: Halley Docherty
Night view of Saruwaka Street 1856 Hiroshige TOKYO copy(1)
Night view of Saruwaka Street 1856, by Hiroshige. This view south in Asakusa, Tokyo, is where a monument stands sandwiched in between two modern buildings commemorating the location of the Morita-za theatre seen on the extreme right of the painting. The area was destroyed in 1923 by the Great Kanto earthquake. Photograph: Halley Docherty
View of Nihonbashi itchōme Street 1858 Hiroshige TOKYO copy(1)
View of Nihonbashi itchōme Street 1858 Hiroshige . On the right of this Tokyo street view is Shirokiya Gofukuten, which in Hiroshige’s day was a dry goods store and in fact is one of the longest running retailers in Japan, founded in 1662. The modern-day company still uses the logo you see on the curtain in the Hiroshige drawing. Photograph: Halley Docherty
Venice - Canaletto - The Stonemason's Yard 1726-30(1)
Canaletto: The Stonemason’s Yard 1726-30, Venice. The tiny people and forced perspective on Street View betray the fact that Canaletto probably painted it from a window in the Church of San Vidal overlooking the small space. It reveals a drastically changed Venice: the Ponte dell’Accademia blocks the view over to the Church of San Maria della Carità now and even that church is quite different. It’s bell tower fell over within about 20 years of Canaletto painting it. Photograph: Halley Docherty
The Piazza San Marco towards the Basilica 1760-5 Francesco Guardi VENICE copy(1)
The Piazza San Marco towards the Basilica 1760-5 Francesco Guardi. The tower next to the basillica today is a replacement for this one, which stood there more or less since the 15th century before collapsing in 1902. Photograph: Halley Docherty
Venice - A Regatta on the Grand Canal 1740 Canaletto
A Regatta on the Grand Canal (Venice, 1740), Canaletto. The guy on the left in yellow staring at the viewer is supposedly Joseph Smith, the famous patron of Canaletto and British consul in Venice. Photograph: /Halley Docherty
Paris - Le boulevard des Capucines devant le théâtre du Vaudeville 1889 Jean Beraud
Le boulevard des Capucines devant le théâtre du Vaudeville (Paris, 1889), by Jean Beraud. The Theatre is for sure that corner, it was purchased by Paramount and turned into a cinema in the 70s I think? The facade remains the same behind the flashy neon signs and illuminated posters for new block busters. Photograph: Halley Docherty
Paris - La_Modiste_Sur_Les_Champs_Elysees 1889 Jean_Béraud
La Modiste Sur Les Champs-Élysées (Paris, 1889), by Jean Béraud. Photograph: Halley Docherty
Sailors Joust between Pont Notre Dame and Pont au Change 1756 Nicolas-Jean-Baptiste Raguenet PARIS copy(1)
Sailors Joust between Pont Notre Dame and Pont au Change (Paris, 1756), Nicolas-Jean-Baptiste Raguenet. The old Pont Notre-Dame is shown with all the buildings on it a year or two before they started deconstructing the bridge for safety reasons. Photograph: Halley Docherty
St Petersburg - Palace Square 1800s Adolphe Ladurner
Palace Square, Saint Petersburg (1800s), by Adolphe Ladurner. The Bolshevik revolution kicked off here. The 500-tonne red granite column on the left is Alexander column, built in 1830, for a time one of the tallest columns in the world. Photograph: Halley Docherty
St Petersburg - Nevsky Prospekt by Anichkov Bridge !847 Ludwig Franz Karl Bohnstedt
Saint Petersburg – Nevsky Prospekt by Anichkov Bridge !847 Ludwig Franz Karl Bohnstedt. Photograph: Halley Docherty
Antwerp - Group Portrait of the Oude Voetboog Guild on the Grote Markt 1643 David Teniers II
Antwerp – Group Portrait of the Oude Voetboog Guild on the Grote Markt 1643 David Teniers II. Photograph: Halley Docherty
Spittelmarkt 1833 Eduard Gärtner BERLIN copy(1).jpg
Spittelmarkt 1833 Eduard Gärtner, Berlin. St Gertudes, pictured, stood here from 1440 right up to the 1880s. There is still an open space and a square here (at the convergence of a huge set of roads and the U-bahn station Spittlemarkt), but these buildings are all long gone. Photograph: Halley Docherty
Berlin - Eduard Gaertner Opernhaus Berlin 1850s
Eduard Gaertner Opernhaus Berlin 1850s. Photograph: Halley Docherty
Amsterdam - The Bend in the Herengracht near the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 1672 Berckheyde
Amsterdam – The Bend in the Herengracht near the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 1672, by Berckheyde. It is remarkable how little has changed in nearly 350 years. Photograph: Halley Docherty
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