Two views of the at the top of the Monument, which commemorates the great fire of London of 1666. These demonstrate that 'the appearance of the flaming ball' depends on the position of the spectator. The distance used for the view on the right is great enough for the whole sculpture to be seen, but Turner observed that if a viewer is 'within 20 feet', as on the left, 'the vase supporting the blazing ball' cannot be seen. See no.19 in showcase for Turner's on-the-spot observations of the Monument.
Gallery label, August 2004
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