Hungerford Stairs on the Thames bank; 1820

George Harley

Hungerford Stairs on the Thames bank; 1820
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 28cm x 22cm

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The watercolour depicts the former Hungerford Stairs which were located on the Thames bank close to the Strand which were rebuilt in 1833 after the date of thework. The view was reproduced in different formats throughout the nineteenth century, often with the addition of figures to add interest.

Hungerford Steps was memorialised by Dickens in David Copppperfied as the location for the notorious blacking factory.
The blacking factory, the building to the right of the stairs, was described by Dickens as ' a crazy old house with a wharf of its own, abutting on the water when the tide was in, and on the mud when the tide was out, and literally over run with rats'.

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