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View of London with Somerset House, St Paul's Cathedral and Old London Bridge

attributed to Robert Griffier (London 1688 – London 1750)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1757 - 1758

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

559 x 889 mm (22 x 35 in)

Place of origin

London

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Collection

Ardress House, County Armagh (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Ardress House, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, National Trust

NT 247855

Caption

In this view of the River Thames, the crowded spires, monuments and rooftops of London take on an almost illusory quality. In the distance, the medieval structure of old London Bridge can be seen complete with its houses, prior to their removal in 1757. Along the north bank of the river, boats cluster around moorings where stairs lead to riverside mansions. In contrast, the south side of the river appears relatively undeveloped. In the foreground, the south facade of Somerset House with its terrace, formal gardens, and watergate occupies a prominent position. This riverside aspect of the house was popularised by Canaletto’s painting of around 1750, which is today in the Royal Collection. Attributed to Robert Griffier, this work is one of a pair (see NT 247856).

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, View of London with Somerset House, St Paul's Cathedral and Old London Bridge, attributed to Robert Griffier (London 1688 – London 1750). One of a pair with NT 247856. Both were previously catalogued as style of William Marlow (1740 - 1813) but the scenes depicted are too early for him. The houses were removed on London Bridge in 1758-62 and a single central arch created.

Provenance

on loan from Earl Castle Stewart

Makers and roles

attributed to Robert Griffier (London 1688 – London 1750), artist British (English) School, artist previously catalogued as style of William Marlow (Southwark 1740 – Twickenham 1813), artist

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