Perspective View of the Parade in St. James’s Park / Vue de la Parade dans le Parc de St. James
About the work
In this ‘View of the Parade in St. James's Park’ His Majesty King George II travels in procession through the newly built Horse Guards, towards the House of Lords, watched by a small crowd. Members of the crowd wave their hats in the air and cheer at the sight of their monarch.
The 17th-century Horse Guards building seen here, once a guard-house for the palace of Whitehall, was demolished in 1749. The construction of a new building designed by William Kent (1684-1748) began the following year, although the new Horse Guards would not be entirely complete until 1858.
This engraving was commissioned for a later edition of ‘The Survey of London’, a minute account of the buildings, social conditions and customs of London, written by historian John Stow (c.1525-1605) and first published in 1598.
About the artist
John Maurer was born in Switzerland. He moved to England in about 1745 and worked as a draughtsman and engraver, often making engravings from his own pen and ink drawings. His subjects are almost exclusively buildings in London. Examples of his work include perspective views of St James’ Palace, Westminster Abbey and Leicester Square.
- England, London, Horse Guards, Downing Street, St. James's Park, Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall
- carriage, horseback, topography, genre, townscape/cityscape, dog, horse, lake, boy, man, woman, girl, crowd, 18th century costume, parade, soldier, park, government building, abbey
- Materials & Techniques
- Perspective View of the Parade in St. James’s Park / Vue de la Parade dans le Parc de St. James
- published 1754
- origin uncertain; old Ministry of Works acquisition, before 1946
- GAC number