• Old Masters and 19th Century A auction at Christies

    Sale 7842

    Old Masters and 19th Century Art

    30 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 57

    English School, late 17th Century

    View of Greenwich Park, looking West from One Tree Hill, with the Royal Observatory, the Queen's House and Greenwich Hospital, the City of London beyond

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    English School, late 17th Century
    View of Greenwich Park, looking West from One Tree Hill, with the Royal Observatory, the Queen's House and Greenwich Hospital, the City of London beyond
    oil on canvas
    23¼ x 52¾ in. (59 x 134 cm)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    The Royal Observatory, on the far left, was commissioned by King Charles II for John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, and built by Sir Christopher Wren between 1675 and 1676. To the right on the river, the Palace of Placentia is in the process of being demolished and in its place we see the first range of the intended palace of Charles II rising, later the King Charles block of the Greenwich Hospital for naval pensioners. Next to it stands the Queen's House, designed by Inigo Jones between 1614 and 1617 for Anne of Denmark, wife of King James I of England. Ranging to the left of it are the houses of Crooms Hill, and beyond, the towers of the medieval St. Alphege, Greenwich and St. Nicholas, Deptford. The Palace of Placentia was originally built in the first half of the fifteenth century by Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, when Regent of England. It later became one of the principal royal palaces and both King Henry VIII and Queen Mary I were born there.

    A painting of this view attributed to Jan Vorsterman was sold in these Rooms on 18 November 1966. We are grateful to Ralph Hyde for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium, which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this picture is sold without a frame.