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Thomas Hosmer Shephard

Thomas Hosmer Shepherd (1793-1864)

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The drawings collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum holds a series of water-colour sketches of views of the Lea near Lea Bridge painted from 1830 to 1837. This includes a sketch of the old Lea Bridge, built in 1820.

Shepherdwas a watercolor artist well known for his architectural works. Most famously a series of views of London. Helived at Batchelor Street, Islington.He worked mostly for Frederick Crace, who employed him to paint old London buildings prior to their demolition.

Crace was 'Commissioner for Sewers', which may offer a clue for Shepherd's interest in Lea Bridge. The sketches of the area coincide with the purchase and development of the area by the East London Waterworks Company.

leabridge.org.uk December 2012