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!"
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)
Original hand-colored Aquatint; modern reproduction
14.5 x 20, 20 x 26 (in frame)
british print, aquatint, edward dayes, 2015.59