Samuel ScottA Morning, with a View of Cuckold's Point c.1750-60

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Artist
Samuel Scott (c.1702‑1772)
Title
A Morning, with a View of Cuckold's Point
Date c.1750-60
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 521 x 959 mm frame: 686 x 1125 x 65 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by H.F. Tomalin 1944
Reference
N05450
Not on display

Summary

This is probably identifiable as a painting sold by Samuel Scott at auction in April 1765 as 'A Morning, with a View of Cuckold's Point', together with 'Its Companion, a Sun Set, with a View of Nine Elms' (T01235) (quoted in Einberg and Egerton 1988, p.193).

As the original title indicates, the picture includes a view of Cuckold's Point, situated at a sharp bend in the river on the south bank of the Thames, close by the church of St Mary's, Rotherhithe. The wholesale reconfiguration of the Thames riverfront and the lack of comparative visual material of the period, mean that the identification of the present view as the picture sold by Scott in 1765 is not entirely secure. However, the cool grey light in the picture does indicate that this is a morning scene. In addition Scott has included, towards the right, just by the stairs leading to the river, a large post surmounted by a pair of horns… (read more)

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