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Temple Bar from the Strand

Thomas Hosmer Shepherd (1793-1864)


Signed, inscribed with title and dated 1829
Inscribed 'With historical and topographical illustrations by John Britton Esq FSA'

Pencil with monochrome watercolour

4 ½ x 5 inches

[James Elmes], London and Its Environs in the Nineteenth Century…Illustrated ... by Thomas H Shepherd, London: Jones & Co, 1828-31, (Engraved by James Tingle)

'Bliss Was It in That Dawn To Be Alive, 1750-1850',
Chris Beetles Gallery, October 2008, No 244

The Temple Bar marks the entrance between Westminster and the City of London. Commissioned by King Charles II, and attributed to Sir Christopher Wren the arch was constructed of Portland stone between 1669-1672 by Thomas Knight, the City Mason and Joshua Marshall, Master of the Mason's Company. The four statues by John Bushnell in the niches are of Kings Charles II, Charles I, James I and Queen Anne of Denmark. By 1874 the arch was causing a traffic bottleneck and in 1878 was carefully removed. In 1880 it was bought by brewer Henry Meux and re-built as a facade to a new gatehouse at his house Theobalds Park in Hertfordshire. In 1984 it was bought back by the Temple Bar Trust and in 2004 it was re-erected once more at the entrance to Paternoster Square, just north of St Paul's Cathedral.

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