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Bloomsbury Square, London, c.1830 f88

Bloomsbury Square, London, c.1830 f88

Artist: Scharf, George senior

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1830

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36489A

Item number: f88

Length: 14

Width: 22.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of Bloomsbury Square which at this time was a fashionable London suburb, popular with writers, painters and lawyers. The square was laid out in the early 1660s, to the south of the house of the Earl of Southampton. It was originally intended to hold servants houses, stables and a market. However plots of land next to the square were sold off for building houses. The leases required houses to be built of a similar size and style which gave the square its planned appearance.

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