The New Extended Front of Buckingham Palace
About the work
Marchant’s print of 1849 shows the east wing of Buckingham Palace, which had then been recently added by the architect Edward Blore (1787-1879), with figures promenading outside.
The original drawing by Marchant on which this engraving is based is now in the collection of London Metropolitan Archives.
About the artist
The identity of artist and draughtsman J. Marchant is uncertain. One possibility is that it is Jan Marchant, an historical and still-life painter who was born in Antwerp in 1808. In 1832 Jan emigrated to France, where he became Professor of Drawing at the Cavalry School at Saumur. He died in 1864. It has alternatively been suggested that the artist’s name was Jean Marchant.
Henry Adlard was a stipple and line engraver, mainly of landscapes by contemporary artists. However, he also made numerous engravings after portraits of his contemporaries, as well as engraving bookplates. Adlard engraved some of the illustrations, drawn by William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854), for both ‘American Scenery’ (1840) written by Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867) and ‘The Ports, Harbours, Watering-Places, and Coast Scenery of Great-Britain’, by William Beattie (1842).