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43 King Street, Covent Garden, London: perspective

RIBA Ref No RIBA84795
Architect/DesignerArcher, Thomas (1668-1743)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1717
Image Date1754
Library ReferenceSC181/5
Colour InfoColour
CreditRIBA Collections
SubjectTown houses ; Towns & cities ; Squares
NOTES: This house, built for Admiral Russell, 1st Earl of Orford in 1717, to designs by Thomas Archer, still stands at the north-west corner of Covent Garden's piazza. The Lord Archer referred to on the print was the architect's nephew who had married Lord Orford's great-niece in 1726 and came into ownership of the house in 1729. He was raised to the peerage in 1747 as 1st Baron Archer. The print is from the sixth edition (printed in 1754-1755) of John Stowe's work 'A Survey of the Cities of London and Westminter and the Borough of Sothwark', originally published in 1598 and 1603. This building was the home of the Royal Institute of British Architects between 1835 and 1837. By the 1920s it had become a warehouse and in 1977 it was refurbished as offices.

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