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Part Of Piccadilly Circus, London, c.1828

Part Of Piccadilly Circus, London, c.1828

Artist: Scharf, George senior

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1828

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36489A

Item number: f82

Length: 14

Width: 14.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This drawing depicts buildings on Piccadilly Circus. The circus and surrounding streets formed part of John Nash's town planning that took place at the beginning of the 19th century.

The wide thoroughfare of Piccadilly, which runs from Haymarket and Regent Street westward to Hyde Park, is as grand as a Parisian boulevard. The circus was formed in 1819 by the intersection of Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue and the Haymarket. The unusual title "Piccadilly" originates from "Piccadill", a type of stiff collar fashionable in the 17th century. Although the famous statue at the centre of the circus is known as "Eros", it is not actually the Greek God of Love but rather the Christian angel of Charity. Piccadilly remains one of the capital's major attractions, possessing the smartest shopping arcades and luxury hotels.

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