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Queen Victoria Street looking east; 1852

John Cleghorn

Queen Victoria Street looking east; 1852
3 0 c m
actual image size: 30cm x 22cm

Full image caption

This delicate watercolour depicts Queen Victoria Street looking east with St Paul's Cathedral in the background. The church St Andrew by the Wardrobe is on the right, rebuilt by Christopher Wren in 1695 and again after the Blitz, its plain red exterior contrasts with the stone buildings either side. It can claim William Shakespeare as one of its parishioners while he was working at the Blackfriars Theatre nearby.
Signed John Cleghorn it is likely to have been produced in 1852, as this date is consistent with the dress of the figures and the activity taking place on the street. This was a period of intense building of new roads making way for the construction of the Embankmant and the scene is filled with pedestrians and carts circumventing the scaffolding on neighbouring buildings
John Cleghorn (1818-81) was the son of an engraver John Cleghorn senior (1784-1873) and often confused with him.

Image Details

1852 AD - 1852 AD
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