Greenwich Hospital

George Chambers, 1832 - 1842

WAG 8148

About this object

This watercolour of 'Greenwich Hospital' was made from almost exactly the same viewpoint as Chambers's oil painting of Greenwich hospital (1836) now in the National Maritime Museum collection in London. If both versions are topographically accurate, the absence of certain buildings in the Walker's version would indicate it was made before 1836.

B T Carter (former Assistant Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the National Maritime Museum) previously suggested attributing the Walker's watercolour to George Chambers Junior (1829–1878), Chambers' son. This has been rejected though as the gateway seen in the picture was moved in 1842, meaning the watercolour must have been made before this date, if not before 1836. George Chambers Junior would have only been 12 or 13 years old in 1842 too.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    George Chambers (British: English, born:1803-09-23, died:1840-10-29)
  • Date
    1832 - 1842
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 20 cm x 28.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A view of Greenwich hospital on the left with the river Thames on the right. There are a group of figures in the foreground and a man on a boat on the right. More boats are moored further up the shore with buildings in the distance.
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner) ; George Chambers (Artist/maker) ; Fine Art Society (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8148
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by C F J Beausire in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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    Author: Edward Morris
    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Printed by Elliot Bros. & Yeoman Ltd
    Date: 1970


Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery in 1972
  • Fine Art Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: 70, 99
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Backboard
  • Inscription text: Fine Art Society, October 1961 / 1958 7
    Inscription method: Label
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location:
Object view = Fine Art
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