Schnebbelie (Robert Blemmell, circa 1785-1849)
The Commercial Sale Rooms, Mincing Lane, City of London

c. 1814
Pencil, pen, ink & watercolour
Captioned to mount, “Used as the Custom House after the Original House was Burnt from 1814 to 1817”
25x42cm
With engraving of the same image pasted to reverse of frame, published by James Whittle & Richard H. Laurie, Jan. 16th, 1815, 29.5 x 44cm.
Provenance: The Parker Gallery

Schnebbelie was an English painter and illustrator who produced many views of London. His father, Jacob, was a confectioner who was subsequently employed by the Society of Antiquaries of London as a draughtsman, but who died at the age of 31. Following his death, Robert took up his father’s profession. Between 1803 and 1821 he exhibited at the Royal Academy; Engravings based on his drawings were widely published – most notably in Robert Wilkinson’s Londina Illustrata (1808-1825), David Hughson’s Description of London and the Gentleman’s Magazine.

His works are in the collections inter alia of the Museum of London, the Guildhall Art Gallery and the Huntington Museum of Art in West Virginia.