Bloomsbury Square, London, c.1830 f89
Artist: Scharf, George senior
Medium: Pencil on paper
These lively pencil drawings depict details 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.