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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1862,0614.122

  • Description

    The Westminster Dairy in the Quadrant, Regent Street, near Piccadilly Circus; a shop, with name above, situated beneath a colonnade. 1825 Watercolour

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1825
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 228 millimetres
    • Width: 138 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed and dated: "g Scharf del", "Quadrant Regent Street", with scale and inscribed with note and price on a separate sheet (back of mount)
  • Curator's comments

    Catalogue entry from J.Kierkuc-Bielinski, 'George Scharf', exh. Soane Museum, 2009 (no. 45):
    From the mid-eighteenth century London, as the capital of the largest maritime trading empire that had yet arisen, was probably the greatest shopping emporium of the globe. It was certainly the largest city in the world and its inhabitants became fashionable consumers. With his drawing '    A Cowkeeper's shop in Golden Lane ' (1862,0614.120), Scharf examines the change in taste amongst Londoners. The two drawings were purposefully paired, as explained on a note written on the recto of the latter.
    Here, the fashionable Westminster Dairy presents an elegant frontage behind the Doric portico, which ran the length of the Quadrant, the curved section of the street between Piccadilly and Oxford Street. It sheltered the elegant pedestrians of Regent Street, as depicted by Scharf on the right, from the elements. Regent Street was laid out by Nash, building work finally being completed in 1820, as a thoroughfare that would connect Carlton House with Regent’s Park. Named after the Prince Regent, it soon became a fashionable shopping street which specialised in imported and luxury goods and even saw the development of the precursors of today’s department stores. Redeveloped between 1916 and 1920, Nash’s Quadrant still remains one of London’s prime shopping areas .

    See also Curator's comments 1862,0614.120

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  • Location

    Not on display (British Roy PV)

  • Exhibition history

    1992 Jun-Nov, Essen, Villa Hugel, London 1800-38, no. 113
    2009 Mar-Jun, London, Sir John Soane Museum, George Scharf

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1862

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1862,0614.122

The Westminster Dairy in the Quadrant, Regent Street, near Piccadilly Circus; a shop, with name above, situated beneath a colonnade. 1825 Watercolour

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The Westminster Dairy in the Quadrant, Regent Street, near Piccadilly Circus; a shop, with name above, situated beneath a colonnade. 1825 Watercolour

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