A prospect of Greenwich Hospital from the river
This drawing, almost certainly by Rigaud, was used as the basis of an engraving which he made and published in Paris in 1736 (see PAI7092), itself a pair to 'A view in the opposite direction, from the Observatory' (see PAI7091). Canaletto closely used the print from this drawing as the basis for his earliest surviving painting of Greenwich Hospital, circa 1746, (private collection, on loan to Tate Britain) probably before he ever saw Greenwich himself. The overall design and some of the detail also influenced his more famous oil of about 1752 in the NMM collection (BHC1827), though that takes a slightly lower viewpoint and was in part based on his own knowledge of the site.
Original size: 327 mm x 730 mm
- Image reference: PY8381
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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