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Scott made his reputation as a marine artist. However, from the early 1740s he was sketching views of London subjects, particularly views of Westminster and its new bridge over the Thames. Scott would sometimes make studies, often in pen and ink and wash or watercolour, for the figures which he introduced into these topographical pictures. The lady in this watercolour was included by Scott in the foregrounds of three of the four versions of a large oil painting of about 1760 showing Covent Garden piazza. One of these oils is now in the Museum of London. She also reappears in Scott's painting of Broad Street, Ludlow which dates from after 1765.
Gallery label, September 2004