This view of the Church of St Paul’s in Deptford shows the great variety of housing that surrounded the church at around the time the print was published in 1731. Three well-dressed figures stand in the foreground, including a gentleman apparently gesturing towards the church.
Designed by architect Thomas Archer and built between 1712 and 1730, the church at Deptford is built from Portland Stone. The most unusual feature of the building is the circular tower, with a semi-circular portico of four giant Tuscan columns around its base.
Very little is known of the artist Thomas Allin. He seems to have specialised in architectural views. In the collection of the Guildhall Library, London, there is a print titled ‘North West Prospect of St Anne, Limehouse, Stepney’, after a design by Allin.
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