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Views of London No. 6. Entrance from Hackney or Cambridge Heath Turnpike with a distant view of St Pauls

Views of London No. 6. Entrance from Hackney or Cambridge Heath Turnpike with a distant view of St Pauls

Engraver: Schutz

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1798

Shelfmark: Ktop XXII

Item number: 6f

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the entrance to London from Hackney or Cambridge Heath. By the mid 18th century there were numerous Turnpike Trusts controlling the roads around London. Previously it had been the (reluctant) responsibility of the parishes to main the roads but many fell into bad condition. Turnpikes were created by an Act of Parliament, whereby a company or Trust looked after the maintenance of the road There are many amusing details in this view: a man falling backwards off his cart, some runaway pigs and a Punch and Judy show. Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) entered the R.A. schools in 1772. He is known for his large complex scenes of urban life, his ugly characters and his knotty style of drawing

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