A View of the Bank of England
Color-printed aquatint, 1816
A View of the Bank of England
Thomas Hosmer Shepherd (1793-1864) (after)
Daniel Havell (d. 1826?) (engraver)
A View of the Bank of England
R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, London: 1816
Color-printed aquatint
17 1/2 x 21 inches
$1,500
Scarce view of The Bank of England during the English Regency period, with passersby and horse-drawn carriages in the street.

Thomas Hosmer Shepherd was a British printmaker and painter. The son of an architectural draftsman, he was employed by Frederick Crace to make a large series of drawings of London. Many of his drawings were made into prints. They are characterized by precise observation and most contain figures, carriages or boats, giving the sense of daily life taking place. Dozens of Shepherd's drawings and prints are in the collection of the Guildhall Library and Art Gallery in London, including several of the Bank of England, although not this particular print.

Daniel Havell was a member of a British family of artists, an engraver and publisher of topographical and architectural works distinguished by a delicacy of line.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light toning, soiling, soft creases. Margins a bit short, but ample. Horizontal fold across lower margin. Short 1 inch vertical tear in lower margin, and various other short marginal tears, professionally restored.

References:

"Havell." The Grove Dictionary of Art. New York: Macmillan. 2000. Artnet.com. http://www.artnet.com/library/03/0369/T036953.asp (6 May 2002).

"Thomas Hosmer Shepherd." Collage Image Base. London: Guildhall Library and Art Gallery. http://collage.nhil.com/ (6 May 2002).

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