Slums in the outskirts of London, 1797

“Remarks on Rural Scenery” was created by John Thomas Smith with the support of his student John Constable. It consists of a sequence of twenty etchings that were all made “after nature” and depict the most various kinds of rural housings for the poor on the periphery of the exploding metropolis of London. The places are specified as precisely as possible, and in two cases even the names of the residents are mentioned. Furthermore, it includes an introductory essay by Smith dealing with – as the subtitles states – “Some observations, and Precepts relative to the Picturesque”.

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