St Bride’s Church Fleet Street antique print 1829


St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, City of London. Dated in the plate 1829. Antique print supplied mounted to 10×8 inches (ready to frame) in conservation quality ‘antique white’ mount-board. Later hand colouring. A nice example of a Thomas Shepherd image. See scan for loss of paper, bottom right, beyond image. Engraved area approx. 6×4 inches. Note: Price shown is ex VAT.

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St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, City of London. Antique print (original antique Georgian steel engraving) of the journalists’ church. This image celebrates Sir Christopher Wren’s second-tallest church, St Bridget’s, known as St Bride’s Church (said to be the inspiration for tiered wedding cakes!) Wren’s tallest building being St Paul’s Cathedral. Antique print dated in the plate 1829. Thomas H. 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. This work celebrated many of the newly built Regency buildings. 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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