Chelsea riverside near the Physic Gardens in 1871 by William Ascroft

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Watercolour of riverside with boats, pub and the Physic Garden

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Chelsea riverside near the Physic Gardens in 1871 by William Ascroft

William Ascroft's watercolour gives a picture of life on the riverside with its inns and industries before 1874. Today, a row of Queen Ann style houses has taken their place. The houses were designed by leading architects of the 1870s. In the centre of the picture one of cedar trees, planted in 1863, in the Physic Garden can be seen. The inn on the left is The Old Swan.

Location of original: Chelsea Print Room B1384
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