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Alexander J. Heaney

1876 - 1936

Queen Square, Bristol by Alexander J. Heaney

Queen Square, Bristol  

  Original etching.
Signed in pencil.
S 361 x 445 mm; P & I 251 x 354 mm
Excellent signed proof impression printed with plate tone.

In the 18th century, Queen Square was the most sought-after place to live in Bristol. In the centre of the Square is a brass equestrian statue of King William III by John Michael Rysbrack, cast in 1733 and erected in 1736 to signify the city's loyalty. In 1831 the Square became the scene of the Bristol Riots which centered around its Mansion House. As nearby Clifton was developed from the end of the 18th century and through the 19th century, it supplanted Queen Square as the fashionable residential address. Queen Square was extensively redeveloped to a very high standard throughout the twentieth century and now most of the buildings are in office use.

An impression of this etching is held in the collection of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, reference M4610.

On cream wove J Whatman paper with full margins and deckle edge. General discolouration and toning to sheet, with some traces of old paper tape at edges of sheet verso Image in generally good original condition.

Provenance: From the collection of Phyllis Heaney, the artist’s daughter – thence by descent to her granddaughter.