The Rhinebeck Panorama of London by Unknown Artist

It depicts a panoramic view of the city of London around 1810 from a vantage point in the middle of the Thames and divided into 4 panels.


Details

Medium:
Watercolour, pen, ink, pencil & gold paint on paper
Dimensions:
71 x 262 cm
Art Fund grant:
£40,000 ( Total: £199,500)
Acquired in:
1998
Vendor:
Sotheby's

Although it is essentially accurate, it has been noted by one specialist that it is 'an illusionistic scene designed to thrill and excite'. This may explain why it shows a building on fire (illustrated here on the left) and so many barges and sailing ships on the river.

Provenance

Thought to have originally belonged to Robert Havell junior; rediscovered circa 1958 by Mrs Janet Johnston; Alfred Macdonald (her brother); Sandy Macdonald

Venue details

Museum of London 150 London Wall, LONDON London EC2Y 5HN 020 7001 9844 www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Entry details

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