Belgrave Chapel, and West Side of Belgrave Square
coloured engraving15 November 1828
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About the artist
Samuel Lacey was a London-based line engraver of small plates for books after works by contemporary artists, particularly landscapes and topographical views. Lacey lived at No 82 Amwell Street, near St Pancras (a terraced house built in the early 1820s), from when it was first built until sometime in the 1850s. Lacey is thought to have had a son, who also worked as an engraver.
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.