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A design for the mezzotint in Turner's 'Liber Studiorum', a series of prints exemplifying the different categories of landscape art. Based on the painting 'London', of 1809 (in Room 108), the mezzotint was published in 1811. London is only a distant presence in this panoramic view from Greenwich Hill. The spires of the city churches, and the dome of St. Paul's, pierce a low canopy of cloud. Shipping on the river attests to the commercial energy of the metropolis. Inigo Jones's Queen's House and Wren's Royal Naval Hospital are seen in the middle distance.

September 2004