View of Park Corner House (part of Montagu House), Blackheath, seen among trees
Mounted with PAF2844-PAF2890, PAF2892-PAF2927.; Medium includes pen and black ink.; Page number 48. The view is along what is now Charlton Way, with the south wall of Greenwich Park, from its junction with Chesterfield Walk on the south-west corner. Montagu House, a country residence of the Duke of Montagu, is best known for the residence there of George IV's estranged queen, Caroline of Brunswick, to 1812. The building shown (dating to 1729) was on land froming part of the Montagu House property and was called Park Corner House, though after being occupied by a George Moult gave rise to the name 'Mole's Corner' for this angle of the Park: Montagu House was a row comprising two 17th-century buildings combined out of sight here to its left. The former slave and (later) writer, Ignatius Sancho, was butler to the Montagu family at Montagu House, who eventually set him up in business as a shopkeeper in London. The only parts of the House which survive are a rear wall, now forming part of the Park wall, and an exterior plunge bath called 'Queen Caroline's bath'. Plaques commemorating both her residence and that of Sancho are set in the wall nearby. All the Montagu House buildings including that shown were demolished in 1815. [PvdM amended 2/12, 10/14]
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