Grotesque bas relief, 29, Exhibition Road,

North side, Bedford Square (looking West). c. 1775. Thomas Leverton[?]. London, WC1. Photograph and text by George P. Landow. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL.]

Jones and Woodward explain that this perfectly preserved late-eighteenth-century square was the second developed on the Duke of Bedford's estate (the first being Bloomsbury Square). "This square is made up of plain four-storey houses in brick, with ornaments in Coade stone. . . . The centre houses on each side are stuccoed with pedimemnts supported on pilasters, and the end houses on the south side are capped with balustrades" (110-11), Research suggests that the recently cleaned yellow brick originally bore a coat of black paint with white accents.

Other views of Bedford Square

References

Jones, Edward, & Christopher Woodward. A Guide to the Architecture of London. 2nd ed. London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1992


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