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Rudolph Ackermann provides valuable resources for anybody studying early 19th century England. Along with the fashion plates I’ve often shown here, his Repository included color plates of country estates and London scenes. Ackermann is responsible as well for the Microcosm of London, which shows us interiors as well as exteriors of London landmarks.
The above plate, from the 1811 Repository, offered what I thought was an interesting view of the Horse Guards. The road is intriguing. At different times and locations, London streets might be dirt or wood or stones, but they usually boasted layers of horse manure. This, however, looks like a dirt road.
And does anybody know who the “vain, but shirtless Frenchman” is?
Here's an image from about 100 years later, courtesy Library of Congress.