View in the Vicinity of Hampstead 13.E.1
Engraver: Alken, Samuel
The village of Hampstead is situated on a steep hill as can be seen in the print. It was visited by Londoners after the discovery of a spring in 1698. The village grew and prospered in the eighteenth century, Daniel Defoe noting in 1725 that it was ' growing from a little village almost to a city'. The first rows of urban style terraces were built and 'the village' gradually spread down the hill. The artist is Thomas Stowers (1754-c.1814).