T02009 CLEARING A SITE IN PADDINGTON FOR DEVELOPMENT ?c.1815–23
Inscribed ‘G R Lewis’ in ink and ‘Paddington’ in pencil b.l.
Pencil and watercolour on paper, 10 1/2×19 1/2 (26.8×49.5)
Purchased from Manning Galleries (Gytha Trust) 1975
Coll: ...; Manning Galleries
Lewis lived in Paddington (at 9 Southampton Row, New Road, where his brother Frederick Christian and the latter's son John Frederick Lewis also lived) from c. 1815 to c. 1823. This drawing, which was almost certainly sketched on the spot and is unfinished, shows the clearing of gravel or earth and the levelling of a site before building. The exact location is elusive, but Mr John Phillips, Curator of Maps and Prints, Greater London Council, thinks that as the lighting indicates that one is looking eastwards, the buildings on the right are probably Edgware Road. The drawing offers, he suggests, an almost unique view of the area known as ‘Tyburnia’ under development in the early nineteenth century.
The Tate Gallery 1974-6: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1978