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The Thames and Greenwich Hospital by Moonlight

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Object ID BHC3870
Description A painterly interpretation of the River Thames and Greenwich Hospital by moonlight. Like his father, Abraham 'Moonlight' Pether of Chichester, Henry Pether specialized in moonlight scenes. He was famed for his views of the Thames and this painting of Greenwich Hospital, seen from the west, is a particularly fine example of his topographical work. The foreground and architectural details are carefully studied and delineated, and the moonlight reflected from the Thames illuminates the scene. On the far left of the picture, beyond shipping moored in the river, lies the Isle of Dogs with the chimney of the Cumberland Mills oil-seed factory, which was demolished in the 1980s. The inclusion of the Bellot Monument on the right dates the picture to after 1854 (see BHC2393). Pether was famed for his views of the Thames, which he painted extensively from Greenwich down river between 1850 and 1865. The artist lived in both Camden and Clapham, and the painting is signed 'Henry Pether', bottom right.
Date made 1854-65, circa

Artist/Maker Pether, Henry
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Frame: 755 mm x 1060 mm x 90 mm;Overall: 14 kg;Painting: 610 mm x 915 mm
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