"St. Mary Aldermanbury c.1879" by H.E. Tidmarsh small glossy printAdd to Wishlist
Color print of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury in London, circa 1879, by artist Henry Edward Tidmarsh.
H. E. Tidmarsh was born in Islington, England in 1854. He received his artistic training at the Royal College of Art, South Kensington and began his career painting murals in Sheffield. Tidmarsh traveled widely - painting in Europe and North America. He contributed regularly to The Graphic from 1886-7 and was on the staff of The Illustrated London News from 1889-91; and also illustrated books. His paintings, mainly watercolours, were exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1887 and at the Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. Tidmarsh is best remembered for his topographical scenes of the City of London with its bustling streets and fine Wren churches. He was extremely sensitive to variations in the colour and texture of the buildings he portrayed, and to the atmosphere of the different parts of the city. In 1934 he donated 176 of his watercolour drawings of London scenes to the City's Guildhall Library, and on his death six months before the outbreak of World War II, he bequeathed twelve more. The Print Room of Guildhall Library holds the largest collection of his work.
The east side of St Mary Aldermanbury with the railed churchyard and, beyond, a covered way leading to Love Lane is viewed from Aldermanbury Street. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and erected in 1672-1687, St Mary Aldermanbury was severely damaged in World War II by a German incendiary bomb and was subsequently re-erected on the campus of Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, in 1966-1969 as a Memorial to Sir Winston Churchill, who delivered his Sinews of Peace speech at the college in 1946. Staffage: a market woman with a basket, a clergyman wearing a "poached egg" hat who is accompanied by a boy, a postman, and a policeman who gives directions to a sailor.
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