View of Greenwich from the top of Greenwich Park

A dramatic evening view in summer, looking north-west from One-Tree Hill in the Park towards distant London. A Greenwich Pensioner has his telescope set up to earn small change by showing visitors the view and another with a peg-leg sits on a bench to the left. A soldier reclines with a girl nearby and two Naval officers form part of a group further down the hill, right of centre.

The vertical scale is somewhat exaggerated and there is dramatic contrast between the light over the encroaching, industrial city, the baroque buildings of the Hospital, and the dense green woodland of the Park, in which the Queen's House is almost buried in the centre. The viewpoint is almost exactly the same as Turner's oil of 1809, and the related 'Liber Studiorum' print, and the artist was almost certainly aware of the latter at least.

Object Details

ID: PAI6975
Collection: Fine art
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Cox, David
Places: Unlinked place
Date made: circa 1830-40
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 605 x 912 mm

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