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London from Greenwich Park exhibited

J. M. W. Turner1809

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Like the view from Richmond Hill, that upstream towards the City from Greenwich Park is one of the most prized prospects of the Thames.

From the pastoral foreground with grazing deer, Turner looks over the Queen's House and Greenwich Hospital towards London where St Paul's Cathedral and the City churches rise through the smoky pall above the metropolis. Turner's own verses, presented when the picture was exhibited at his Gallery in 1809, describe the mingled beauty and energy of the scene.

[[on separate caption, or ???decal on wall, put the following verses:]]

Where burthen'd Thames reflect the crowded sailCommercial care and busy toil prevailWhoese murky veil, aspiring to the skiesObscures thy beauty, and thy form deniesSave where thy spires pierce the doubtful airAs gleams of hope amidst a world of care

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  • Title: London from Greenwich Park exhibited
  • Creator: Joseph Mallord William Turner
  • Date Created: 1809
  • Provenance: Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
  • Physical Dimensions: w120 x h902 mm
  • Original Title: London from Greenwich Park
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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