A painting by the poet (and polymath) Edward Lear is one of the items up for auction this week at Chiswick Auctions.
The sale of British & European Fine Art at 11.00am today (Tuesday 29 October) has nearly 300 lots, available for viewing from 10.00am.
George Sidney Shepherd painting of Covent Garden
The sale also includes a painting by George Sidney Shepherd of Covent Garden Market in 1829, as it was before the new market was completed in 1830.
The main layout of Covent Garden dates from Inigo Jones’s designs for the 4th Duke of Bedford dating from the 1630s, which became the first public square in the country.
The fruit and vegetable market started in the centre of the square in the mid seventeenth century and by the 1760s it had taken over most of the area.
By the end of the century it had become ‘the greatest market in England for herbs, fruit and flowers’.
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