Antique Engraving Steel Print, “Trinity Church, Cloudesley Square”, 1830, by Shepherd, Engraved by J.F. Havel, 8 x 4,5 inch. (20 x 12 cm). Good condition.
Holy Trinity Church, Cloudesley Square, Islington. Built by the architect Charles Barry (1826-1829) for the Church of England, the church is no longer part of the Anglican Communion. It is now known as the Celestial Church of Christ. Restoration of the church was recently partly funded by English Heritage. This is one of many Georgian period structures recorded by Thomas Shepherd. An antique steel engraving published c1830. 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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