1882 F. Hamilton Jackson

1882 F. Hamilton Jackson

by Mark Wardell

Bedford Park, The Healthiest Place in the World

The picture chosen to illustrate Bedford Park, described as “The Healthiest Place in the World”, is one of a set of nine lithographs published in 1882 by Jonathan Thomas Carr, the developer of the suburb, as part of his publicity for a development which was aimed at persons of modest means but aesthetic sensibilities. The painter was F. Hamilton Jackson, a Slade-trained watercolourist who was a local resident and also co-director of the Chiswick School of Art. Only a minority of the known examples of the lithograph have the promotional material added at the top and bottom.

Carr had begun his development in 1875 with the purchase of the Bedford House Estate, situ