Leicester Square from Leicester Place
Medium: Aquatint with etching, coloured
Leicester Square was laid out in 1670s, on the estate of the Earl of Leicester, who had himself a house here which was built in the 1631-5. The houses built here were large and modelled on the style of house in Pall Mall. In the 18th century, it was a purely residential and many of the houses were taken by aristocratic families. Many professional people also lived here such as doctors, architects, as well as writers and artists such as Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds.