(Enlarged Photo)

18th C English School

Rosemary Branch Tea Gardens & White Lead mill belonging to Samuel Walker & Co, Islington c.1780


The Rosemary Branch still exists, 200 years on, albeit as a pub, but everything else in this charming and beautifully preserved topographical watercolour is as removed from present-day urban Islington as a landscape on the moon: an acre-sized 'boating lake' and a pair of windmills for a white lead works. Illustrated in Rex Wailes' definitive study 'The English Windmill'.

Thomas Hennell
Michael Macleod

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