'Prospect of Greenwich Hospital from the River...The Old Royal House where the Governor resides stands at the farther end of it at the entrance to Greenwich Park'
|Description||This print is almost certainly derived from the drawing also in the collection, PAH8381, and has a matching pair of the view from the Observatory (see PAI7091). There are minor differences between this image and the related drawing, most notably the form of the spritsail on the river craft in the centre foreground. The high perspectivist's view in both, however, the completely unauthentic treatment of the Observatory and background buildings to left and right, and many of the architectural details, suggest they are based more on other prints than direct knowledge of the site from this viewpoint - even though Rigaud visited England. The Hospital was certainly not complete to this form in 1736, the Queen Mary Court under the left dome only being started in 1735 and not finished until 1751. As mentioned in connection with PAH8381, this print is the prime source of the first of Canaletto's Greenwich paintings, circa 1746, which was possibly even done in Venice given that he miscolours the British flags in that version (private collection on loan to Tate Britain). It also had some influence on the Museum's better-known and later oil, BHC1827, though that is also based on first-hand knowledge of the site. See also notes for PAH8381.|
|Credit||National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London|
|Measurements||Sheet: 378 x 721 mm; Mount: 570 mm x 863 mm|
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