Roussel, Theodore (1847-1926), 'Chelsea Palaces (Black-and-White Version)', Etching, 1888-1889

'Chelsea Palaces (Black-and-White Version)', Etching, 1888-1889

Printed on laid paper. Unsigned. From the edition of approximately 54 impressions.

The title of this print refers to the last large seventeenth century house in Chelsea, Lindsey House. It was built in the early seventeenth century on the site of a farmhouse on Sir Thomas More's estate and remodelled in 1674 by the Earl of Lindsey. It subsequently became the London headquarters of the Moravians and, after subdivision, the home of the engineers Sir Marc Isambard Brunel and Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the artists John Martin and James McNeil Whistler. The house stands today, to the west of Beaufort Street and the Battersea Bridge, overlooking the Thames.

Linsey House is shown in the centre of the print, to the right of the Flagpoles. The other tall houses on the left are Belle Vue House and Belle Vue Lodge, both important examples of Georgian architecture that survive this day.

'Chelsea Palaces' was reworked on a larger scale for one of Roussel's colour prints of the same title .

Image Size/Plate Size 7.9 x 12 cm
Sheet Size 13 x 16.4 cm
Reference Hausberg 16
Provenance Phillip Lyon Roussel
Collections British Museum, Glasgow and Victoria and Albert Museum

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