St. Dunstan's Fleet Street.
Publish'd Jan. 18th 1797. by Thomas Malton.
Coloured aquatint. Sheet 285 x 380mm (11½ x 15").
The Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West, which, despite being one of the few London churches that survived the Great Fire, was demolished in 1830-2 to widen Fleet Street. By the end of the 18th century shops had been built on the sides of the church, making the churchyard a bookselling and publishing centre, although the shop shown here is a cutler, silversmith and 'Tea Urn Warehouse'. In the background is Wren's Temple Bar, now at the entrance to Paternoster Square. The artist, Thomas Malton (1748-1804), taught watercolour to Thomas Girtin and Joseph Mallord William Turner. He was also skilled in aquatint, and published many of his own designs, including 'A Picturesque Tour Through the Cities of London and Westminster', one of the key topographical resources for late Georgian London from which this view comes.
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