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Approach to the old palace in Eltham in Kent

Approach to the old palace in Eltham in Kent

Artist: Lens, AB

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1760

Shelfmark: Kotp XVI

Item number: 52-a

Genre: Topographical Drawing

In the 18th century, Eltham was a Kent settlement known for its "wholesome air". Daniel Defoe commented that Eltham is "now a pleasant town, very handsomely built, full of good houses, and many families of rich citizens inhabit here". He was also pleased that an "abundance of ladies of very good fortunes dwell here, and one sees at the church such an appearance of the sex". However as a great deal of the local men were based elsewhere - in the army, at court or abroad - he thought that in a few years time "all the ladies will abandon the place".

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