Greenwich from the N. E. / 19 Oct. 1848. The weather very cold ...

Titled as shown, lower right, with the artist's signature inscribed 'J. W. Carmichael', this is a panoramic colour-annotated drawing from the eastern point of the Isle of Dogs. Details left to right are the Trafalgar Tavern noted as a 'yellowish white inn', and Greenwich Hospital noted as 'The Building grey white with grey Blue roofs. When a Brig is near the Building the masts rise very little above'.

The east and west terminal pavilions to the river walk inside the Hospital railings are still present, but there is no detail of the railings, river wall and steps, or the landing place between the Hospital and the Trafalgar, above which the Observatory can be seen. 'Grass' is noted on the river side of the King Charles Court and a wall stretches from its north-west corner to the western walk-pavilion. West of this is a large four-storey flat-roofed block noted as 'brick', with the top two floors set back and a prominent chimney; then a two-storey house, two lighters lying off the old Salutation Dock and a view of the east face of lower King William Walk terminated by the 'Ship Tor-Bay / Tavern'. This is identified by that legend on the hoarding, noted as 'yell[ow]', on its east face. There is no sign of a Pier pontoon. St Alfege's and old Greenwich lie to the right of the 'Ship'.

The right end of the drawing shows a boat and men by the foreground shore, below an elevated railway track on wooden underpinnings ending at the river edge, with a hand-cranked maintenance bogey parked there. 'Canvas' sheeting, 'mud' and 'grass' are noted below the railway structure. The seldom-recorded four-floored brick building by the dock, previously noted as possibly the Chest House of 1803 (which was to the south of it) is the Hospital Brewery of 1832, burnt out in 1843 but then renovated and largely demolished by the early 1870s, after the Hospital closed, though a small part and cellars below remain.

Object Details

ID: PAH8413
Collection: Fine art
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Carmichael, John Wilson
Places: Unlinked place
Date made: 19 October 1848
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Caird Fund.
Measurements: Sheet: 208 x 694 mm; Mount: 610 mm x 835 mm

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