The High Street in 1850

Sadly we do not have an original Owen Carter watercolour. In fact, for this view of Market Lavington High Street, what we have is a black and white photograph of the watercolour painting. However, even that can tell us something of the past, from around 1850 when photography was still in its extreme infancy.

The High Street, Market Lavington - a photo of an 1850 watercolour by Owen Carter

This view shows roughly what, in 2011, is the Co-op and the corner of the Market Place. The building on the right hand edge of the image was a maltings and it, or a replacement, was still there more than 100 years later.

We believe that Owen Carter was an architect by trade, based in Winchester. He had been born in London soon after the start of the 19th century and may well have travelled in Egypt in his younger days. Experts suggest that whilst the buildings he depicts have been executed with accuracy and skill, the people are rather primitive in style. Perhaps that’s what you might expect from an architect.

The Museum has a number of photos of Owen Carter watercolours, all dating from about 1850 and all with the same style of well drawn buildings and rather more basically drawn people.

We’d like to know more of the man. Perhaps a blog reader can give us further information.

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One Response to “The High Street in 1850”

  1. Church Street in 1850 « Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] The process of taking photographic pictures was developed by William Henry Fox Talbot at Lacock in Wiltshire during the 1830s and 40s. The number and locations of early photographs are limited and so for an image of Market Lavington in the 1850s we turn to the watercolour artist Owen Carter. We do not have the original image at the museum, but rather a monochrome photo of it. (Actually Owen painted more than one scene and we have featured one before.) […]

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