Skinners Hall. Antique print of Skinners Hall, the Livery Hall of the Worshipful Company of Skinners (known as The Skinners’ Company.) One of the Livery Companies of the City of London. It was originally an association of those engaged in the trade of skins and furs. It was granted a Royal Charter in 1327. This steel engraving is an original antique print by Thomas H. Shepherd., published c1830. Thomas Hosmer Shepherd was the brother of topographical artist George “Sidney” Shepherd. Thomas was employed to illustrate architecture in London, and later Edinburgh, Bath and Bristol together with 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 concerning Skinners Hall.
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