Session House, Clerkenwell.
London Pub. June 1.st. 1809 at R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts 101 Strand.
Hand-coloured aquatint with large margins. Plate: 230 x 270mm, (9 x 10½").
Interior view of the hall and main staircase of Session House in Clerkenwell. Groups of people congregate in the hall, in one group a lawyer talks to a young woman, while beside them a mother sits on the floor holding a baby while two boys stand beside her. The Session House served as the main judicial and administrative centre of Middlesex until Middlesex County Council was formed in 1889. The dome depicted in the image was modelled after the Pantheon in Rome. Published in Ackermann's famous work, the 'Microcosm of London', the figures were drawn by the famous caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson and the architecture by Augustus Pugin.
Abbey, Scenery: 212.
[Ref: 34321] £140.00