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Regent Street from Piccadilly - Thomas Hosmer Shepherd - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W

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Regent Street from Piccadilly - Thomas Hosmer Shepherd - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W

NB. The Original was published in July 1822

Thomas Hosmer Shepherd was a topographical watercolour artist well known for his architectural paintings.

Thomas was the brother of topographical artist George "Sidney" Shepherd, and was employed to illustrate architecture in London, Edinburgh, Bath and Bristol.

His first acclaim came with Metropolitan improvements, 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.


Regent Street is a major shopping street in the West End of London. It is named after George, the Prince Regent (later George IV) and was built under the direction of the architect John Nash.

The street was designed by John Nash, who had been appointed to the Office of Woods and Forests in 1806 and previously served as an adviser to the Prince Regent. He put forward his own plans for the street envisioning broad, architecturally distinguished thoroughfares and public spaces.

Nash originally wanted to construct a straight boulevard in the same style seen in France, but this was not possible due to land ownership. The road was designed to curve east between Oxford Street and Piccadilly so that it did not meet St James's Square, and the circuses allowed visual continuity down the street.

 

Piccadilly is a road in the City of Westminster, and is one of the widest and straightest streets in central London.

The street has been part of a main road for centuries. In the middle ages it was known as "the road to Reading" or "the way from Colnbrook".

There was parcels of land nearby, which were purchased by a Tailor called Robert Baker. Baker became financially successful by making and selling fashionable piccadills. Shortly after purchasing the land, he enclosed it and erected several dwellings, including a residence and shop for himself; within two years his house was known as Pikadilly Hall.

A map published by Faithorne in 1658 describes the street as "the way from Knightsbridge to Piccadilly Hall".


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