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J.T.Smith's full view of St Margaret's Street, looking South; 1807.
Lambeth Palace across the Thames, beyond Westminster Bridge.


A View of Whitehall, 1740, looking South. The Banqueting House to the left. J.T.Smith's view is from its roof.


St Margaret's Church, looking SSW.


Looking East

Buildings on the Eastern side of New Palace Yard
Drawn by J.T. "Antiquity" Smith April 15 1808: below


The Water-Front of the Buildings on the Eastern side of New Palace Yard
Drawn by J.T. "Antiquity" Smith April 17 1808: below


New Palace Yard, looking West: circa 1740?

Similar view by Wenzel Hollar: circa 1670?


Old Palace Yard, looking NNW

The picture above is a watercolour by Thomas Malton (1748-1804). "In 1792 Malton published a set of a hundred aquatint drawings based on his own drawings. called A Picturesque Tour through London and Westminster ..... The present drawing was engraved as plate V in this series. Malton was the teacher of Turner, who ..... always held him in high regard." From English Landscape Artists by Lindsay Stainton.

Comparison with Rocque's map of 1746 suggests that by 1792 the houses had encroached even closer to King Henry VII's chapel. Monamy's house was presumably out of sight behind the chapel in the above view, if it wasn't the small white building itself. See also here. Below is a 60 year earlier view from the other side of the Abbey.

The detail left comes from a print datable to about 1730-1735, and is therefore the nearest I have been able to get to the time when I suspect Monamy moved from Fish Yard to the house "next to King Henry's Chapel". The building highlighted in enhanced colouring seems to be this house, described in the auction notice in The General Advertiser, 1750.

I have it on the very best authority that the two figures in the centre foreground are actually Peter Monamy and his wife Hannah, taking the morning air.

The Guide to Creative Quarters, an exhibition hosted by the Museum of London, remarks that "In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, artists began to follow their patrons west ..... A respectable location and the trappings of gentility were essential to an artist's career. Artists met potential patrons in their studio-residences to discuss commissions ....." The election of 1722 returned more naval members of parliament to Westminster than at any time before or since. Among them was a Captain Edward Vernon, who later proved to be one of the most popular English parliamentary candidates of all time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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