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Thomas Allom (1804-1872), View of London from the Steeple of St. Bride's Church, Fleet Street Looking Towards St. Paul's Cathedral

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Thomas Allom (1804-1872)

View of London from the Steeple of St. Bride's Church, Fleet Street Looking Towards St. Paul's Cathedral

Pencil, pen and ink and watercolor, heightened with white

London, ca. 1840

Paper size: 14 7/8” x 29”

Frame: 40” x 25 3/4”

 

The architect and topographer Thomas Allom (1804-1872) was born in Lambeth, south London, the son of a coachman. Both his parents came from Suffolk, something that might have influenced his sensitive appreciation of the countryside. He set out first on a career as an architect, studying architecture at the Royal Academy. In 1834 he was one of the founder members of the Institute of Architects, later RIBA, becoming a fellow of the institute in 1860.

 

While early recognition stemmed from his work as an architect, he became better known as a topographer, touring and sketching in England, Scotland and on the continent. An early biographer wrote: He was as much artist as architect, ... he furnished the drawings for illustrated works upon which his reputation rests. Amongst these may be named his Cumberland and Westmoreland, Devonshire and Cornwall, Scotland, France,Constantinople, Asia Minor, and China. He exhibited for many years at the Royal Academy, "where his charming pencil usually gained a place of honour." [Radford 335; quotation from Allom's obituary in The Builder, 26 Oct. 1872, 840]

 

Thus, Allom's two careers, as artist and architect, came together in his perspective work such as the present example. As his biographer concluded: "He was frequently called upon to assist his professional brethren, and there are few artists who forget the vigour and beauty of the drawings" (Radford 336).


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