Due to its geographical situation, Chatham was the most important Royal Naval dockyard during the 17th century Dutch wars. However from the mid 8th century, it was only important as a building and repair yard rather than a naval base. In 1785, the Navy Board commissioned Nicholas Pocock (1740-1821), and Farington to paint panoramic views of the six naval dockyards for reference use by the Board in their offices, a project which took nearly ten years. The four paintings have considerable documentary value, providing a graphic account of the royal yards at their most important phase during the age of the sailing navy and based on White's accurate and official information.
- Image reference: BHC1782
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
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