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Cheapside, London, 1835

Cheapside, London, 1835

Artist: Scharf, George senior

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1835

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36489A

Item number: f49

Length: 23

Width: 14.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This delicate drawing depicts Newgate Street and St Martin's Le Grand in Cheapside.

The "cheap" in Cheapside does not refer to the area being inexpensive. Far from it. Instead the term originates from the old English word for market. Cheapside was one of the city's largest markets, and was an important location for jewellers and goldsmiths.

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