John Harris after G. H. Laporte.
A View near Albert Gate.
27 x 23 inches
An aquatint in original hand colour by John Harris after the painting by George Henry. Laporte (1799-1873); published in London by Rudolph Ackermann at his Eclipse Sporting Gallery in July 1847.
This historic scene depicts Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), first Duke of Wellington, towards the end of his life, riding his horse along the south carriageway of Hyde Park with Albert Gate in the background. The imposing building shown was designed by Thomas Cubitt, replacing two old inns (The Fox & Bull and The White Hart) that were demolished in 1841. The gate itself was erected in 1846, a year before this print was made.