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J. L. Bond, Manchester, to Miss Eleanor

RA Collection: Archive

Archive context

Showing item 39 of 50 in this group

Reference code

JU/8/227

Title

J. L. Bond, Manchester, to Miss Eleanor

Date

03 Aug 1806

Level

Item

Extent & medium

1 piece

Historical Background

The Liverpool lyceum was a Greek revival building by Thomas Harrison, 1800-1803.

Content Description

Giving a detailed account of a visit to Eaton Hall, Chester and Liverpool. The letter includes a reference to a visit by Bond to the Liverpool lyceum, by Thomas Harrison, whom Bond describes as the "Palladio of the North". The lyceum, the athenaeum and other buildings he saw later on during his stay in Liverpool were in sharp contrast to his initial experiences, when he visited the "very indifferent" buildings near the Exchange, proceeded to the docks, and then became entangled in a "labyrinth of wretched Streets full of barefooted, ragged and squalid Inhabitants", which left him "disgusted with . . . [a] town so celebrated for its commercial Conveniences, its magnificent buildings, its Love of the fine Arts and its attention to polite Literature".