Greenwich Observatory

An evocative pencil sketch of the Royal Observatory from the east in its working days, before Second World War bomb damage and later restoration. A clutter of modern scientific instruments adorns the roof of Flamsteed House, as well as the 1919 time-ball on the east turret. Shepherd's Gate Clock (1852) is clearly visible with the now vanished lodge to the right and the old gate to the left, which was destroyed by a direct hit from a wartime bomb. Part of what is now the Meridian Building is on the left. For notes regarding the date (likely to be January 1924), see PAF1305.

Object Details

ID: PAE2038
Collection: Fine art
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Wyllie, William Lionel
Places: Unlinked place
Date made: probably 1920s; Probably 1924
Exhibition: Unseen: The Lives of Looking by Dryden Goodwin
People: Wyllie, William Lionel
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Measurements: Primary support: 183 mm x 270 mm

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