Creator

Edward Dayes

Creation Date

1787

Era

1600-1800

Medium

Original hand-colored Aquatint; modern reproduction

Dimensions

14.5 x 20, 20 x 26 (in frame)

Credit Line

Long-term Loan from the Estate of Boris Blick, 2015

Accession Number

2015.59

Creator Biography

Edward Dayes, British, 1763-1804.

Description

This image shows Bloomsbury Square at the height of its popularity. Men and women walk about in the day's fashions; cows represent the pastoral atmosphere that attractedd wealthy inhabitants to the neighborhood. The print was dedicared to Francis Russel, 5th Duke of Bedford, who was instrumental in developing Bloomsbury and the surrounding area as fashionable places to live. As Jane Austen writes in her novel Emma, the Bloomsbury area was "very different from almost all the rest. We are so very airy!"

Provenance

TO HIS GRACE FRANCIS, DUKE OF BEDFORD, MARQUIS OF TAVISTOCK &c &c. THIS VIEW OF BLOOMSBURY SQUARE IS WITH THE GREATEST RESPECT INSCRIBED BY HIS GRACES OBEDIENT & OBLIGED SERVANTS ROB. POLLARD, & FRA.JUKES. ROBERT THES (1758-1802), SKETCH. Engraved by ROBERT Pollard (1755-1838) & FRANCIS. Jukes (1745-1812)

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Keywords

british print, aquatint, edward dayes, 2015.59

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