Antique print of St Mildred Church, Poultry, City of London. An antique steel engraving by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd dated in the plate 1828, published 1830. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the church was demolished in 1872, to make way for offices. The artist, Thomas 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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