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  • The Swiss watercolorist and poet Samuel Hieronymous Grimm settled in London in 1768 and became well known for his topographical views and caricatures (see cats. 83-4). Situated on the edge of the expanding metropolis less than two miles from Westminster; Kennington was still a rural neighborhood at the time of Grimm's watercolor but was developed as a residential area soon thereafter. The opening of Westminster Bridge in 1750 and Kennington Road in the following year facilitated access to the West End, and the construction of Blackfriars Bridge and its approach roads between 1760 and 1769 made the relatively pastoral Kennington a desirable home for merchants working in the City. In the mid-nineteenth century the remnants of the common land were enclosed, and it was designated as a Royal Park. Grimm's charming portrayal of bucolic activity and genteel recreation alludes neither to the area's traditional associations with radicalism and free speech, nor to its grim function as a place of execution until the end of the century. Kenninton Common was regularly used in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as a platform for political activists and dissenting religious preachers, including John Wesley, who addressed a crowd of 20,000 in the fall on 1739. The park is still used today as an assembly-point for political gatherings today. The south west corner of the Common was the site of a public gallows, where, most notoriously, nine Catholic members of the Manchester Regiment were hung, drawn, and quartered after the Jacobite rebellion on July 30, 1746.
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  • Bibliograpic reference :: Scott Wilcox, British watercolors, drawings of the 18th and 19th centuries from the Yale Center for British Art, Hudson Hill Press, New York, 1985, no. 8, pl. 8, ND1928 W533 1985 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: William Hauptman, Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (1733-1794) : a very English Swiss, 5 Continents Editions, Milan, 2014, pp. 126-27, cat. no. 39, NJ18.G81 H38 2014 (YCBA)
  • Dimension height :: 33.7cm
  • Dimension width :: 51.4cm
  • Exhibition :: British Watercolors - Drawings of the 18th and 19th Centuries from the Yale Center for British Art
  • Exhibition :: Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (1733-1794)
  • Exhibition :: The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 222, C 2, G- 6
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: drawing
  • Object type :: watercolor
  • Subject Concept :: bonnets (hats)
  • Subject Concept :: buildings
  • Subject Concept :: capes (outerwear)
  • Subject Concept :: carriage
  • Subject Concept :: children
  • Subject Concept :: common
  • Subject Concept :: costume
  • Subject Concept :: cows
  • Subject Concept :: donkeys
  • Subject Concept :: dresses
  • Subject Concept :: fences
  • Subject Concept :: genre subject
  • Subject Concept :: horses (animals)
  • Subject Concept :: landscape
  • Subject Concept :: leisure
  • Subject Concept :: men
  • Subject Concept :: people
  • Subject Concept :: pigs
  • Subject Concept :: trees
  • Subject Concept :: walking
  • Subject Concept :: women
  • Subject Place :: England
  • Subject Place :: Kennington
  • Subject Place :: Kent
  • Subject Place :: United Kingdom
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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  • Kennington Common
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