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.