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Thomas Hosmer Shepherd. "The New Post Office... ". 1828

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Thomas Hosmer Shepherd. "The New Post Office... ". 1828
$30 USD

This is a lively steel-engraved street scene showing the General Post Office in St. Martins Le Grand, London. It is hand coloured and wonderfully detailed.

The Post Office building seen here was designed by Sir Robert Smirke and built between 1825 and 1829. It was the first purpose-built post office in England, and was in use until 1910. It was demolished two years later.

The son of artist George Shepherd and brother of George Sydney Shepherd, also an artist, Thomas Hosmer Shepherd was a watercolourist most known now for his architectural subjects. He produced many drawings and watercolours of English city scenes which were engraved for publication. His pictures are characterized by lively detail and movement. His life and work are discussed in “Shepherd’s London” by John F. C. Phillips (Cassell 1976).

A copy of this print is in the British Government Art Collection (GAC no.10576). It is currently at the headquarters of the Residential Property Tribunal Service in London.

The condition is generally good. There is a little wear to the margins and it has been laid onto backing paper. The colours are good.

This is a genuine antique print, nearly 200 years old. It is not a reproduction. Please note that the digital watermarks on the photographs here are NOT on the original print.

Artist: Thomas Hosmer Shepherd (English 1793-1864)
Printmaker: William Tombleson (English 1795-c.1846)
Type of print: Hand coloured steel engraving.
Publication details: “Metropolitan Improvements: London in the Nineteenth Century”, J. Elmes. Published by Jones & Co. 1828.
Size of image (including inscription) 4.25” by 6”
Size of sheet 5.5” by 7.5”

Unless otherwise stated above, prints are sold unmounted (not matted) and unframed. Photos showing a print mounted and/or framed are for illustration only unless specifically described otherwise.

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