Samuel ScottA Sunset, with a View of Nine Elms c.1750-60

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Samuel Scott (c.1702‑1772)
A Sunset, with a View of Nine Elms
Date c.1750-60
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 515 x 959 mm frame: 702 x 1121 x 100 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1970
Not on display


The present picture is probably identifiable with a painting sold by Samuel Scott at auction in April 1765 as a 'Sun Set, with a View of Nine Elms' together with its pendant 'A Morning, with a View of Cuckold's Point' (N 05450) (Tate 1988, p.193).

Nine Elms is situated on the south bank of the Thames, just to the west of Vauxhall, an area currently occupied by New Covent Garden Market and Nine Elms Lane. The view chosen by Scott therefore looks west towards Battersea, and the evening sun. Here the river runs in a straight line directly west. In the foreground of the picture, at the extreme left, is presumed to be Nine Elms pier. The tall trees behind may be identified as the very elms after which the area was named. At the extreme right on the horizon, beyond the windmills one can make out the tower of a church, probably St Mary's, Battersea… (read more)

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