The Thames from Greenwich Park

A summer holiday view north-west down the combe (Lovers' Walk) between the Royal Observatory and One-Tree Hill in Greenwich Park, towards Greenwich Hospital and London beyond. There are many figures, including women, children, soldiers in uniform and a Greenwich Pensioner sitting on a log in the foreground. The Observatory is just visible on the left. The Queen's House with its west colonnade and flanking west wing, part of the extensions built from 1807 to accommodate the Royal Naval Asylum (later the Royal Hospital School), are in the middle distance with the domes of the Hospital beyond.

Masts of a ship in the river can be seen between the domes. On the left are some of the Scotch pines which formerly flanked the 'Giant Steps' on the face of the hill below the Observatory. This and the general composition suggest the view is based on one from east of the Observatory but that the foreground has been raised to improve the composition in the studio. The massing and height of the Hospital buildings and domes have also been exaggerated. The tower of St Alfege, Greenwich parish church, is visible through the trees on the left.

The drawing, at that time in the possession of the Duke of Argyll, was engraved by William Bernard Cooke, 9 Soho Square, London, under the title given here and published on 1 June 1822 (see PAD2224, PAD2225) as one of his 'Views in London' series. A smaller variant entitled 'London from Greenwich Hill' was engraved by Charles Heath in 1825 (PAD2227) who also engraved a similar-sized view by De Wint of Greenwich Hospital from Millwall at about the same time (PAD2242). The size and publisher suggest both these were for an illustrated part-work/annual.

Object Details

ID: PAF5995
Collection: Fine art
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Wint, Peter De
Places: Unlinked place
Date made: circa 1822
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 225 x 395 mm; Mount: 406 mm x 556 mm

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