Part of West Side of Regent Street
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About the artist
Little is known about engraver M. S. Barenger. He was the uncle of the engraver James Barenger (1780-1831), animal painter and the brother of a painter and glazier, also named James Barenger (1745-1813). He exhibited two works at the Society of British Artists in 1823; views of Canterbury and Oxford. At the time Barenger was living at 11 Church Row, St Pancras.
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.