18th-century paintings of London overlaid onto Google Street View. The comparison is fascinating!

18th-century paintings of London overlaid onto Google Street View. The comparison is fascinating!

A funny thing happens when a white van drives around and takes continuous pictures down every road in the entire world – we begin to see duplicates.

I mean, we begin to see photos from throughout history repeated in modern-day.

This doesn’t happen intentionally, it is literally just the result of capturing an image from nearly everywhere.

Redditor Shystone has laid 18th century paintings over Google Street View shots of London for a fascinating comparative study. It is beautiful to see how artists like Canaletto and Balthazar Nebot so accurately depicted London and really puts perspective to time-passing and how different, or similar, our environment is now.

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