The new All Hallows (All Saints) Church in Northampton was re-opened in 1701, following a devastating town fire in 1675. Comparisons were made between the new church and Sir Christopher Wren’s St Mary-at-Hill, erected after the Great Fire of London (1666). Peter Tillemans’ study is ruled over with a red grid, which would have helped the artist to render form and architectural detail accurately and to scale. Ruling a grid over an image is also a way to prepare it for copying it onto another surface.  

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WATER-COLOUR Sketches and drawings of towns, buildings, monuments, antiquities, etc ., in co. Northampton; drawn chiefly by Thomas Eayre, and most of them in the year 1721, for John Bridges, who made use of some of them to illustrate his History of Northamptonshire.
Pencil drawing / Pen and Ink / Monochrome wash / View / Architectural drawing
Peter Tillemans
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British Library
Add MS 32467, f.168

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