Wallas & Co pharmacy, 45 New Cavendish Street, London

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Wallas & Co pharmacy, 45 New Cavendish Street, London. Watercolour. "New Cavendish Street. … No 45 retains an early shopfront, of c1820, with pairs of Ionic columns, indicative of the commercial nature of this end of the street in late-Georgian times. The core of the house itself, now of six storeys, may well be earlier, though the whole premises were substantially rebuilt in the 1890s. It was here that H T Hodgson’s ‘British & Foreign’ subscription library was based during the early half of the nineteenth century (as 9 Great Marylebone Street), with a reading room described as offering ‘superior advantages’ to London’s crowded clubs and public institutions. In addition to use of the reading room, subscribers (at five guineas a year, or three guineas a half-year) could also receive new works by post, ‘whether resident in Town or Country’. It was at Hodgson’s that Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning met in September 1846 a week after their secret marriage in Marylebone parish church before heading to Nine Elms for the first leg of their trip to a new life in Italy. After 1900 the shop was for more than fifty years the premises of the chemists and pharmaceutical manufacturers Wallas & Co, founded in Oxford Street in 1897" (Survey of London, loc. cit.). Work ID: fuawc4hc.

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