Grotesque bas relief, 29, Exhibition Road,

North side, Bedford Square. c. 1775. Thomas Leverton[?]. London, WC1. 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

Photographs 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 in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.


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

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