In the 1750s Marlow was a pupil of the foremost native topographical painter of his day, Samuel Scott. His style owes a great deal to that of his master, and also to Canaletto whose works he would have known. The precise location of this view on the Thames is not known, although in the past it has been tentatively identified as Hampton Wick. Painted very much in Scott's manner, the picture most probably dates from the mid 1770s when Marlow was living in Twickenham, in the house previously occupied by Scott.
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