Thomas H. Shepherd. "Royal Exchange....", London. 1829
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Directory: Fine Art: Prints: Engravings: Pre 1837 VR: item # 1218788
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A really beautifully detailed hand-coloured steel engraving of London’s Royal Exchange as it was in the early nineteenth century.
The Royal Exchange building was designed by Edward Jerman and built in 1669 to replace the earlier building which had been destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. On the very top of the dome you can just see the Gresham grasshopper, a heraldic device of Sir Thomas Gresham, founder of the original Royal Exchange. The structure shown here was also destroyed by fire, just nine years after this print was made. It was replaced by a third Royal Exchange building, designed by Sir William Tite, which stands today.
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 collection of the British Museum (no. AN856251001).
The condition is good apart from some foxing in the margins extending into the image at upper right. The colours are good and bright.
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)
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