Antique engraving print, 1840: “Curiosities of great Britain. England & Wales delineated. Historical, Enterteining & Commercial Alphabetically Arranged by Thomas Dugdale, Antiquarian, Assisted by William Burnett, vol. IX, “The quadrant”, Regent Street London, frontispiece, published by L. Tallis, 3, Jewin Street, City”, good condition, 8,5 x 5,5 inch. (22 x 14 cm.)
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QUADRANT (THE), REGENT STREET, was built when Regent-street was built, by John Nash, the architect of Buckingham Palace. The arcade, which covered the whole footway, (supported by 145 cast-iron pillars), was removed in December 1848. Thus was sacrificed the most beautiful and most original feature in the street architecture of London. The reasons assigned for this removal were, that, though picturesque in itself and of use on a rainy day, it darkened the thoroughfare, lessened the value of the shops, and occasional other nuisances.
Peter Cunningham, Hand-Book of London, 1850