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  • Place of origin:

    Hackney (drawn)

  • Date:

    early 19th century (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen on paper.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Hon. Arthur Villiers

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case Z, shelf 17, box III

Physical description

Tracings of ornament from a fireplace, pen on thin paper.

Place of Origin

Hackney (drawn)


early 19th century (drawn)


Unknown (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen on paper.

Object history note

Barber's Barn (also known as Barber's Baron or Barbour Berns House) was on Mare Street in Hackney and was built in around 1591. It was owned and occupied in the mid 17th century by John Okey, a signatory to Charles I's death warrant, and in the mid 18th century its gardens were used as nurseries for exotic plants by John Busch and later Messrs. Loddidges. The house survived until the late 18th or early 19th century, when it was pulled down by Conrad Loddidge to build modern terraces. [Information from 'Old and New London: Volume 5'. Cassell, Petter & Galpin, London, 1878.

This object was part of the John Edmund Gardner collection of topographical prints and drawings of London. After Gardner's death the collection passed to his son Edmund Thomas, but was sold to Edward Coates MP in 1910. The collection was sold again in 1923 after Coates' death, and was split between various institutions and private collectors. The portion connected with Hoxton, Homerton, Hackney and Bethnal Green was bought by the Hon. Arthur Villiers and donated to the Bethnal Green Museum.

Descriptive line

Tracings of ornament over the fireplace in an upper room of Barber's Barn, Hackney.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from departmental handlist.



Subjects depicted

Architecture; Houses; Fireplaces; Regicide; Interior design


Furniture; Designs; Drawings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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