Greenwich

  • About the work

    Interpretation about this artwork is under review

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    This view of Greenwich includes Christopher Wren’s Royal Observatory to the left and his then incomplete Royal Naval Hospital to the right. Robert Griffier painted at least three views of Greenwich, each from the same viewpoint. This version, thought to be the earliest, may have been begun by his father, Jan Griffier senior. A larger example was exhibited at the Roy Miles Gallery, London, in 1975 and the only dated version, of 1729, is at Belton House, in Lincolnshire.

  • About the artist
    Robert Griffier was the son of Dutch landscape painter and engraver Jan Griffier senior (c.1645-1718), who moved to England in about 1672. Robert and his brother, Jan (c.1686-c.1750), both painted in the style of their father and enjoyed particular popularity during the 1730s and ‘40s. In 1753, some 35 years after his father’s death, Robert was sued by his mother, Mary, who claimed to have lent him £100 in 1731 to establish himself as a victualler (innkeeper). His most important work is now considered to be ‘Regatta on the Thames’ (1748; collection of the Duke of Buccleuch), which demonstrates the influence of Canaletto on his work.
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  • Details
    Title
    Greenwich
    Date
    c.1725
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 60.50 cm, width: 137.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased July 1947
    Inscription
    sbl
    GAC number
    350