APSLEY HOUSE, Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, Westminster, London. Coloured engraving dated 1810 shows the original red-brick house by Robert Adam and the Hyde Park Corner tollgate. From the Mayson Beeton Collection
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print takes us back in time to the grandeur of Apsley House, nestled on Piccadilly near Hyde Park Corner in Westminster, London. The coloured engraving, dated 1810, beautifully showcases the original red-brick house designed by the renowned architect Robert Adam. Its elegant Georgian style is a testament to the architectural mastery of that era. As we gaze upon this historic image from the Mayson Beeton Collection at Historic England Photo Library, our eyes are drawn not only to Apsley House but also to an intriguing detail - the Hyde Park Corner tollgate. This inclusion provides a fascinating glimpse into daily life during this period and reminds us of how much has changed over time. The engraving captures a moment frozen in history when horse-drawn carriages would have passed through these gates on their way into or out of London. It evokes images of bustling streets filled with people going about their business amidst an atmosphere steeped in elegance and sophistication. Apsley House itself stands as a symbol of power and prestige, having been home to Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington - one of Britain's most celebrated military leaders. Its walls undoubtedly hold countless stories and secrets from its illustrious past. Through this remarkable photo print, we are transported back two centuries ago to witness firsthand the splendorous architecture and vibrant city life that once graced this iconic location. It serves as a reminder that history is not just confined within textbooks but can be vividly brought to life
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