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This Thames scene forms a pair with the view of Cuckold’s Point, also on the south bank of the river. Nine Elms is the name given to the area now dominated by the New Covent Garden Market, which is on the opposite bank from Tate Britain, to the west of Vauxhall Bridge.

The view probably shows the Nine Elms pier; the trees in the background are presumably the tall elms that gave the area its name. Scott appears to have taken an interest in the more rural stretches of the Thames after he bought a country retreat at Twickenham in 1749.

July 2004