This lively street scene was drawn in August 1819, while Edridge was touring northern France. Though he was a successful portraitist, his impressively detailed pencil drawings of landscapes and architectural subjects are also noteworthy. The rapid, expressive linework of the drawing reflects the influence of physician, collector and amateur draughtsman Dr Thomas Monro. Monro set up an unofficial drawing school at Adelphi Terrace in London, where artists including Edridge, William Turner and Thomas Girtin, could study landscape.
Gallery label, October 2019
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