Blackfriars, from Southwark Bridge

Thomas Shotter Boys (1803 - 1874)

Coloured lithograph

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
    This topographical print is part of a wider series that was originally published in 1842 as a large folio entitled 'Original Views of London, as it is'. This volume stands within the tradition of pictorial representations of London, but is marked out by its concerted effort to portray the incidental detail of life in the city, rather than merely depicting the architectural or topographical environment. 
  • About the artist
    Thomas Shotter Boys was born in Pentonville, North London. He was apprenticed to engraver George Cook, before moving to Paris during the 1820s. There he met Richard Parkes Bonington, with whom he worked. He returned to England in 1837 and initially engraved the designs of other artists and contributed to publications. In 1839, Boys produced his own publication, ‘Picturesque Architecture in Paris, Ghent and Antwerp’, the first English book with lithographic plates entirely in colour. He was elected a member of the New Water Colour Society in 1841 and in the following year published ‘Original Views of London As It Is’. Boys spent the last 20 years of his life teaching drawing and working as a lithographer. He died aged 71 in St John's Wood.
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    Blackfriars, from Southwark Bridge
    Coloured lithograph
    Purchased from Frank T Sabin, October 1957
    GAC number