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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oo,5.8

  • Description

    The Thames below Rotherhithe; view looking W, probably from the present Upper Globe Wharf, to left, the grassy bank of the river, stacks of timber and a row of timber sheds, to right, a hoy at her moorings, with a lighter alongside, with Rotherhithe, and St Mary's Church spire beyond Brush drawing in grey wash, over graphite, tinted with watercolour

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1747-1772
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 341 millimetres
    • Width: 522 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed in graphite with "Boom" and other illegible words
  • Curator's comments

    LB attributed this to Paul Sandby. For dating see Stainton, no. 8. The drawing was used for the background of a painting of shipping on the Thames off Rotherhithe in 1756 (Kingzett, p. 41)

    Stainton 1985
    Scott's view looks West, probably from near the present Upper Globe Wharf. On the left is a timber-yard and in the distance is Rotherhithe, with the tower and spire of St Mary's Church; this drawing cannot be dated before the late 1740s or early 1750s since the spire was not completed until 1747. Scott may have used this drawing when painting a view of Wapping in 1756, where the same buildings can be seen on the horizon.
    This study appears to have been drawn on the spot, although the delicate touches of colour would probably have been added later.

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  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 113 bibliographic details
    • Croft-Murray (unpublished) 7 bibliographic details
    • Stainton 8 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British Imp PIIIa

  • Exhibition history

    1985, BM, British Landscape Watercolours 1600-1860, no.8 2003 May-Nov, BM, London 1753, no. 2.14

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    3 February 2003

    Reason for treatment

    Temporary Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Mount

    Condition

    Unmounted

    Treatment details

    Mount - Overthrow - I

    About these records 

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  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1824

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    Oo,5.8

The Thames from below Rotherhithe; view looking W, probably from the present Upper Globe Wharf, to l, the grassy bank of the River, stacks of timber and a row of timber sheds, to r, a hoy at her moorings, with a lighter alongside, with Rotherhithe, and St Mary's Church spire beyond Brush drawing in grey wash, over graphite, tinted with watercolour

The Thames from below Rotherhithe; view looking W, probably from the present Upper Globe Wharf, to l, the grassy bank of the River, stacks of timber and a row of timber sheds, to r, a hoy at her moorings, with a lighter alongside, with Rotherhithe, and St Mary's Church spire beyond Brush drawing in grey wash, over graphite, tinted with watercolour

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