Friday 9 April 2010

Sampler Auction 10 April * Skinner Inc * Massachusetts

This "View of the West Front of the New Guildhall, Bath, Somerset," by Sarah Harvey finished on 14 September 1812 is lot 421 at the Skinner Inc auction to be held on 10 April. Estimate is £197 to £328. The Guildhall which was built in 1775 by Thomas Baldwin is simply not the easiest building to photo as you cannot get back far enough - but I hope you can see the resemblance between it and Sarah's depiction. It seems that the wings were originally only of one storey and have been built up at a later date. What an important and inspiring new addition to the public buildings in this very popular and fashionable spa town it must have been when built.

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