Hyde Park Corner
By PYALL, H. after BROOKS, H., 1831
A View of the Grand Western Entrance into London At Hyde Park Corner.
- Author: PYALL, H. after BROOKS, H.
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Published by Thomas McLean, 26 Haymarket
- Publication date: June 25, 1831.
- Physical description: Engraving and aquatint with original hand colour.
- Dimensions: Image: 575 by 820mm (22.75 by 32.25 inches). Sheet: 655 by 865mm (25.75 by 34 inches).
- Inventory reference: 12510
William IV had come to the throne only a year before, after his two elder brothers had died without issue. Never expecting to be king to the throne, he had spent most of his life pursuing his twin passions of the navy and women, and had amassed nine illegitimate children. As well as a new king, the print shows a new structure. The Hyde Park Screen was finished in 1828, designed by Decimus Burton, replacing the toll gate that had been there previously. The frieze visible on the entablature was the creation of the Scottish sculptors John Henning and his son of the same name, who drew their inspiration from the Elgin Marbles, which had gone on private display in Britain in 1807.