The Royal Palace of St. James's next the Park
16.5 x 11 inches
A scarce etching by Henry Roberts; published in London circa 1750.
Although there are many views of St. James's Palace and Park dating from the C18th this particular one by Henry Roberts is scarce. With titles in both English and French to extend its marketability across the Channel, this print depicts the main promenade section of the park that is now known as The Mall. At this stage it is a series of tree-lined avenues down which the Beau Monde go to see and be seen. Fashionable couples greet each other under the shade of the trees. Deer graze beyond a fence over to the right and Westminster Abbey can be seen in the distance. St. James's Palace runs down the left-hand side of the image and two mounted soldiers ensure that order is maintained.