A House Near Regents Park, London, 1828
Artist: Scharf, George senior
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
This vigorous ink drawing is of the facade to terraced housing at Regent's Park in London.
The area of Regent's Park is one of the most superb examples of Regency town planning to remain in the city. The park and terraces were designed by John Nash in 1812 for the Prince Regent, after whom it was titled. The majority of houses were built by 1830, despite the delays caused by the Napoleonic Wars. The park has an open-air theatre where Shakespearean plays are conducted in the summer, and a large zoo that can be found on the north side. This drawing is of a house near the Diorama, a visual entertainment venue that showed illusionary techniques devised by Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre. Daguerre was later to become a key figure in the development of photography.