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FS18: Two Day Fine Art Sale

English School 19th Century, Attributed To J or R Paul - Temple Bar, London Before 1878

Auction Lot FS18/371

English School 19th century, attributed to J or R Paul - Temple Bar, London before 1878 oil on canvas 48 x 62cm.

English School 19th Century, Attributed To J or R Paul - Temple Bar, London Before 1878 (FS18/371) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 24th April 2013 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Lot Description

English School 19th century, attributed to J or R Paul - Temple Bar, London before 1878 oil on canvas 48 x 62cm.


This painting depicts the Temple Bar in its original position where Fleet Street meets the Strand. Its name derives from being next to the Temple Law Courts and it was the last surviving gateway of the original eight completed in Portland Stone in 1672. It became the cause of increasing traffic congestion and was expensive to maintain and in 1878 was taken down and placed into storage until 1880 when 16 of the original stones were bought by Sir Henry Moore, the brewer, to be erected as part of a gateway at Theobold Park. in 1976 the Temple Bar Trust was formed and in 1984 the trust became owners of the Bar and permission was obtained to recover the stones from Theobold Park and re-erect the whole structure in Paternoster Square adjacent to St Paul's Cathedral where in November 2004 the Lord Mayor of London officially returned Temple Bar to the City of London J., or R., Paul was a notorious and prolific 'faker' or forger of paintings in his volume titled Old English Landscape Painters, published in 1926, Colonel Grant claims that 'Whether a prospect of Whitehall by Canaletto or of Somerset House by Samuel Scott, whenever and wherever they were wanted in the market, there was Mr Paul with an old canvas and a brush as deceptive as you please'.

Price Realised




Sale Information

FS18: Two Day Fine Art Sale
Wednesday, 24th April 2013
Thursday, 25th April 2013

Okehampton Street, Exeter

This lot will be sold after 2:00pm on Wednesday, 24th April 2013 as part of the Pictures section of the sale.


For more information about this particular auction lot, please contact:-

Daniel GoddardDaniel Goddard

Martin ScadgellMartin Scadgell

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