Fleet Prison Farringdon Street London antique

£20.83

Antique steel engraving of Farringdon Street and the Fleet Prison, City of London. Dated 1830.  Built on the banks of the Fleet River, Blackfriars, Fleet Prison was primarily used to hold debtors and bankrupts. Print supplied mounted to 10×8 inches (ready to frame) in conservation quality ‘antique white’ mount-board. A nice example of a Thomas Shepherd image. Engraved area approx. 6×4 inches. Note: Price shown is ex VAT.

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Antique print of an image by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd  of Farringdon Street and the Fleet Prison, City of London. Dated 1830.  Built on the banks of the Fleet River, Blackfriars, Fleet Prison was primarily used to hold debtors and bankrupts. Shepherd  was employed to illustrate architecture in London, and other cities in the united Kingdom. His paintings were the basis for steel engravings in many books. Shepherd’s work, mostly topographical, is characterized by an attention to detail, along with lifelike scenes that contained people, carriages and horses. His first acclaim came with ‘Metropolitan Improvements; or London in the Nineteenth Century,’ a publication of modern London architecture commissioned by Jones & Co. He worked mostly for Frederick Crace, who employed him to paint old London buildings prior to their demolition, with much of the work surviving in the Crace collection at the British Museum. The sub-title of Metropolitan Improvements reads, ‘a series of views of the new and most interesting objects’ in the British Metropolis & Its Vicinity: from Original Drawings by Mr Thos. H. Shepherd, with historical, topographical and critical  illustrations.’  Thanks to Wikipedia for much of the above information.

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