A VIEW OF THE ROYAL NAVAL HOSPITAL, GREENWICH, 1746.

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Copper line engraving on paper, hand-coloured, black edge (lacking title). [John Bowles at the Black Horse in Cornhill (& Carrington Bowles, in St. Paul’s Church Yard) N.D. (1746)] 43 x 27cm. (16 ¾" x 10 ½"). Plain black frame, glazed. All framer’s ticket on verso : A. E. Baker, 78, Park Street, Camberley. V.G.+. John Bowles (1701?-1779) ran a successful print shop that opened in 1723 at Cheapside, moving in 1733 to the Black Horse, Cornhill. In 1752/3, his son, Carrington Bowles, became a partner in the business, later taking over his uncle’s print shop in St. Paul’s Churchyard. This attractive view shows Wren’s masterpiece : the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, a view of these beautiful buildings, which have changed little today, from mid-river. Queen’s House and the Royal Observatory can be seen in the distance, and there are substantial houses either side of the hospital. On the river, a number of small craft go about their business. Two larger deep-sea merchantmen, a coastal vessel under sail, and an English man-o’-war take up position in the foreground. An attractive 18th century print.


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