Nos. 56 and 58 Artillery Lane, Spitalfields were known until 1895 as Nos. 3 and 4 Raven Row. They may have been built by Samuel Jaggard in ca.1716-1720 as a pair to replace earlier seventeenth century buildings, although this isn’t clear.
In the 1750s, most probably 1756-57, the early Georgian red brick facades may have been taken down and rebuilt in their present Palladian form. At the same time the shop front to No. 56 was inserted.
I was commissioned to carry out the paint analysis of the exterior and interior of both No 56 and 58 Artillery Lane.
Pale stone colours had been used on both shop fronts until the ca.1870s. Both shop fronts appear to have been painted in the same colour (dark green) since the post-fire restoration of the early 1970s. The original stone colour has now been reintroduced.
Details on No 58 Artillery Lane can be seen here.
I have subsequently been asked to sample a eighteenth century shopfront in Dean Street, Soho and the results can be seen here. A nineteenth century one in Scotland has also been analysed.
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