View Of Hammersmith Looking Down The Thames, John Boydell, 1752
Shelfmark: Maps K Top 29.12.2.a
In Bath, Moll began a liaison with a married man from London. After the birth of their first child, discretion demanded she should live a respectable but convenient distance from his London house:
"And so he brought me to my new Lodgings at Hammersmith; with which I had abundance of Reason to be very well pleas’d, for they were very handsome Rooms, and I was very well accommodated... Now I was indeed in the height of what I might call my Prosperity, and I wanted nothing but to be a Wife, which however could not be in this Case..."
This view was engraved by John Boydell who sold his prints at the Unicorn on the corner of Queen Street and Cheapside, and later at his own Shakespeare Gallery. Boydell’s work proved very popular and sold across the continent. During 1752 and 1753 he made several Thameside views west of London.