A South View of Somerset House from Waterloo Bridge

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  • About the artist
    Thomas Hosmer Shepherd was born in London; the son of a watchcase maker. His elder brother was watercolourist George Sidney Shepherd, with whom he collaborated in 1813 on street views for Ackermann’s ‘Repository of the Arts’. He went on to build his reputation on depictions of fashionable cities. He made numerous sketching tours and, in 1818, visited France. He worked for Jones & Co. (1826-31), producing some 450 plates for the firm in total. He also worked as a drawing master. After 1842 he received regular commissions from the ‘Illustrated London News’ but still struggled financially. Collector Frederick Crace commissioned numerous watercolours of London sites from the artist (now in the British Museum). He died in Islington, aged c. 71.
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    aquatint, coloured aquatint
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    A South View of Somerset House from Waterloo Bridge
    11 April 1817
    Coloured aquatint
    Transferred from HM Revenue and Customs, 2017
    Bought by subscription for Inland Revenue, Somerset House, before 1929; transferred to GAC, 2017
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