Catalogue entry

N04764 View of Greenwich Hospital after 1750

Oil on canvas 337×900 (13 1/4×35 7/16)
Presented by the Hon. Mrs Phillimore to the National Gallery 1934; transferred to the Tate Gallery 1948
PROVENANCE ...; Hon. Mrs Phillimore by 1934

Both nos. N04764 and N04765 are by the same unknown hand and, since their shapes suggest that they were painted as over-door or over-mantel pictures, probably that of a decorative painter rather than an original artist. They entered the National Gallery's collection as by Samuel Scott, but seem rather to show the influence of Canaletto. While no. N04765 reveals some direct knowledge of Canaletto's work, N04764 may largely be drawn from engraved views by anonymous artists, such as the ‘Greenwich Hospital’ engraved by T. Bowles and published 18 June 1745 or ‘A Prospect of Greenwich Hospital from the River’, engraved by J.June, printed for E. Bakewell and H. Barker, n.d., c. 1750. In both views there are individual variations in the foreground shipping, in a manner probably inspired by Canaletto. (The compilers gratefully acknowledge the help of Jane Dacey of the National Maritime Museum, author of ‘A Note on Canaletto's Views of Greenwich’, Burlington Magazine, CXXIII, 1981, pp.486–7.)


Published in:
Elizabeth Einberg and Judy Egerton, The Age of Hogarth: British Painters Born 1675-1709, Tate Gallery Collections, II, London 1988