Balthazar Nebot
Covent Garden Market 1737

Artwork details

Balthazar Nebot active 1730–1765
Covent Garden Market
Date 1737
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 648 x 1228 mm
frame: 876 x 1460 x 80 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1895
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1730

Display caption

Nebot’s view of Covent Garden looks west towards St Paul’s Church. It records the activities and architecture of Covent Garden which, by the 1730s, was at the heart of London’s artistic community. It was a popular urban subject, also painted by Samuel Scott, among others. The market was first developed in the 1650s. Twenty years later the Earl of Bedford was given permission to ‘hold forever a market in the Piazza on every day in the year except Sundays and Christmas Day for the buying and selling of all manner of fruit, flowers, roots and herbs’.

February 2016

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