View of the Highgate Archway
Colour aquatintpublished 1 August 1812
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About the artist
Auguste Charles Pugin, artist and architectural draughtsman, was born in Paris but settled in England during the French Revolution. After attending the Royal Academy Schools he worked for architect John Nash in Wales and later in London. Nash’s influence inspired Pugin’s interest in the Gothic style. He illustrated numerous topographical and architectural publications, including Ackermann’s ‘The Microcosm of London’ (1808-10). When, in 1818, he was commissioned to produce plates for ‘Specimens of Gothic Architecture’, he employed a team of architectural students to assist. His architectural designs include the interior of the Diorama in Regent’s Park (1823) in collaboration with James Morgan and the layout of Kensal Green Cemetery (1830).
John Hill was an aquatint engraver of topographical views, costume and marine subjects. He produced engravings after the work of contemporary artists, including Augustus Charles Pugin, Edward Dayes and Philip James de Loutherbourg. Hill worked in London from about 1800 to 1814. He later emigrated to the United States, where he died.