Thomas Shotter Boys Regent Street London


Thomas Shotter Boys.  “Regent Street Looking Towards The Quadrant.”  From London As It Is.  London: T.S. Boys, 1842.  12 x 16 1/2.  Colored lithograph by T.S. Boys with some hand highlights.  Repaired tear in bottom margin, just into image.  Otherwise, very good condition.  Cf. Abbey, Scenery of Great Britain and Ireland, 239.

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An original view of Regent Street in London by Thomas Shotter Boys.  Boys was an artist, engraver and lithographer who was born in England and apprenticed to engraver George Cooke.  After living a number of years in Paris, Boys returned to England in 1837 where he initially produced plates for other artists.  In 1839, he produced a work of colored lithographs of views of Paris, Ghent and Antwerp, followed in 1841 by a work of views of York and then his most famous volume of Original Views of London As It Is.  In twenty-six images, Boys marvelously captures the appearance of early Victorian London.  As Abbey states, this is “A book of considerable importance; apart from the beauty of its plates, it records London at a period when good pictorial records were few.”  (p. 160).  Boys lovingly depicts, with considerable accuracy, the physical and social appearance of the city.  This scene shows Regent Street looking south from the corner of Princess Street (just south of Oxford Street).  The buildings and denizens of London are wonderfully depicted.