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This painting shows a view from Ludgate Circus, looking down Ludgate Hill towards St Paul’s. The foreground is crowded with hansom cabs and motor buses, the horse-drawn bus being a rare sight by this time. A steam train crosses Ludgate Hill railway bridge above. (This was demolished in 1990 to make way for the Thameslink.)

The artist, Jacques-Emile Blanche, moved to London in 1905 and painted many views of the city including Belgrave Square, Piccadilly Circus and Sloane Street. He used a four-wheeled vehicle as an extra studio from which he could make a large number of finished pictures of the city. 

September 2004