Hassell's Drawings


John Hassell (1767-1825) was a watercolour painter, engraver and drawing master. He published several books of topographical views such as Views of Gentleman's Seats Adjacent to London and Picturesque Rides and Walks within Thirty Miles of the British Metropolis. These show his deep interest in Surrey. He visited most parts of the county and made at least 750 watercolour views of churches, houses and other buildings of architectural or historical interest.

John's son, Edward (1811-1852), continued with similar drawings but was more interested in the interior of churches and in more modern buildings than his father.

The works of John and Edward Hassell, together with an analysis of their artistic style and the materials they used, are listed in A Catalogue of Pictures of Surrey and Elsewhere by John Hassell and his son Edward by J C Batley and G P Moss, Surrey Archaeological Collections, vol 75 (1984). A list of the eighteen Mortlake drawings is given here which includes many interiors and monuments. Below are nine of their external drawings of Mortlake:



Bull Inn on Upper Richmond Road, EH 1826

Riverside House, EH 1826

Juxon's Armshouses

Mr Edlin's Stanley Grove, Ship Lane, JH 1824

Mortlake High Street, looking West, EH 1826

Pest House, East Sheen, EH 1826

South-east view of St Mary's, EH 1823

North-west view of St Mary's, EH 1823

Residence of Miss Taylor, EH 1826