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PRINT BY: J Maurer
AFTER/ARTIST: J Maurer
PUBLISHER: F West, 83 Fleet St
DATE: mid 18th C
METHOD: Etching, with applied colour
IMAGE SIZE: 16.0 by 8.25 inches image area
NOTES: Entitled ‘ A Perspective View of the Parade in St James Park’, with the title also in French, the print shows what is now called Horse Guard’s Parade, with the Horse Guards building in the background. The print shows a parade taking place, with mounted soldiers on the left. The area is used for parades such as the ‘Trooping of the Colour’ to this day. Built in George II’s reign, the Horse Guards building was the British Army headquarters. It was designed by John Vardy after William Kent and built 1750 to 1758, perhaps explaining the slight Baroque feel to the building. A nice vue d’optique in contemporary colour, by John Maurer (active in London 1713 to 1761) the print must date from just after the completion of the building, but on wove paper so probably a later strike. The publisher, F(rancis?) West is not mentioned in Clayton, who illustrates two other of Maurer’s perspective views.
CONDITION: Good, some small tears to the margins, image area good, nice colour if a little faded, conserved and backed with tissue, the colour is believed to be mostly contemporary.
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