Saturday, 9 January 2010

Find your way around Georgian London

Horwood's 1799 map, available online courtesy of, is an excellent tool for orienting yourself around Georgian London. Bottom left of the extract shown here is Fitzroy Square, where the Georgian Group is based. Only the east and south sides, by Robert Adam, have at this stage been built - work was suspended for more than a quarter of a century following the death of Adam in 1792 and more particularly the advent of the Napoleonic Wars, which lasted from 1803 to 1815 but were preceded by a period of economic uncertainty that put a dampener on the speculative building trade. As with a good deal of Georgian London, Fitzroy Square was speculatively built; the aesthetic impact of Adam really stops at the facades, which are masterly compositions but behind which are fairly conventional townhouses with none of Adam's trademark interior decoration.

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