A Cricket Match in Devonshire Street

Description

Samuel Hieronymus Grimm was born in Switzerland but it was in England that he spent most of his life and found success as a journeyman topographical artist. For Sir Richard Kaye (1736-1809) he produced 21 volumes of drawings of ‘everything curious’ that they encountered on their travels through England.

Devonshire Street, named after the Duke of Devonshire, was built in the 1780s on the site of the former Marylebone Gardens in London. Grimm was interested in painting not only grand topographical scenes, but also people in everyday social situations at work and play, as this scene of an impromptu cricket match shows.

Full title:
A Cricket Match in Devonshire Street
Created:
1793
Format:
Pen and ink / Monochrome wash / View
Creator:
Samuel Hieronymus Grimm
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Add. MS 15542, f.137

Full catalogue details

Related articles

Itinerant view takers

Article by:
Ann Payne
Themes:
Antiquarianism, Country

Ann Payne, former Curator of Manuscripts at the British Library, outlines how topographical views were often the result of artists touring in Britain and beyond.

‘Everything Curious’: Samuel Hieronymus Grimm and Sir Richard Kaye

Article by:
Brett Dolman
Themes:
Antiquarianism, Country

Over 3000 drawings by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm are housed in the British Library’s Department of Manuscripts: the impressive result of over 20 years touring to record ‘everything curious’ in England. A project funded the antiquary Sir Richard Kaye, Grimm’s drawings capture local history and contemporary life in England in the last decades of the 18th century. Brett Dolman explores.

Related collection items