Shepherd Street, Mayfair
Original Painting

David Shepherd

CBE OBE FRSA FGRA (25 April 1931 - 19 September 2017)


david shepherd original, shepherd street
'Shepherd Street'
Original oil painting on canvas
Image Size 17.5" x 14" ( 45 x 35.5cm.)
Signed David Shepherd
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'Shepherd Street', a well known area in the upmarket region of Mayfair in London.
Many of the buildings have now dissappeared, but several still remain, and the street is easily recognizable from this painting.
This painting captures beautifully the atmosphere of 1950s Mayfair, and of course ironically 'Shepherd street'

Shepherd Market is a small business-lined precinct featuring two small squares, one with a northern recess in Mayfair,
in the West End of London, built up between 1735 and 1746 by Edward Shepherd on the open ground then used for the annual fair from which Mayfair derives;
it does so with the east end of Shepherd Street which is also broad-pavemented. It is between Piccadilly and Curzon Street and has a village-like atmosphere.
It was associated with upmarket prostitutes from its building up until at least the 1980s.
In the 1920s, it hosted leading writers and artists such as Anthony Powell, Michael Arlen and Sophie Fedorovitch.

The square was fully built up between 1735 and 1746 by Edward Shepherd from an open area called Brook Field, through which flowed the Tyburn,
and where a May fair was held, from which the surrounding area of Mayfair derives its name.
A local architect, he was commissioned to develop the site and work was completed in the mid-18th century.
It contained paved alleys, a duck pond, and a two-storey market topped by a theatre.

Shepherd Market
During the 1920s this was a rundown area, popular with writers and artists such as Michael Arlen and Sophie Fedorovitch.
Arlen rented rooms opposite The Grapes public house and used the public place as the setting for his best-selling 1924 novel The Green Hat,
which prompted Anthony Powell to move into the area in 1926.

It has been associated with upmarket prostitutes from its building up until at least the 1980s.
When Olivia Manning and her husband Reggie Smith lived at 50a, she found the prostitutes 'fascinating'.
In the 1980s, the then deputy Conservative Party chairman and author Jeffrey Archer allegedly met the prostitute Monica Coghlan in Shepherd Market.

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