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View on the Thames at Deptford Dockyard

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Ministry of Defence, other locations

    Interpretation about this artwork is under review

    The Government Art Collection recognises its responsibility to artists, colleagues and all our audiences to represent the diversity of the UK and to embed anti-racist and equitable practices throughout our work. We are taking action to address inequality in the Collection and its interpretation.

  • About the artist
    John Thomas Serres was born in London, son of marine painter Dominic Serres the elder. On his father's death he succeeded him as Marine Painter to George III. In 1800, he was appointed Marine Draughtsman to the Admiralty and employed to draw the coasts of Britain, France, Spain and the Mediterranean. He also taught at Chelsea Naval School, painted battle scenes and published ‘Liber Nauticus’ (1805), with plates after his and his father’s drawings. In 1817, he became a proprietor of the Coburg Theatre and subsequently the scenic director. He married a pupil, Olivia Wilmot, who claimed to be the daughter of the Duke of Cumberland. Her behaviour ruined Serres, who lost favour in court. He died soon after his release from a debtor's prison.
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  • Details
    Title
    View on the Thames at Deptford Dockyard
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 79.00 cm, width: 134.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Frank T Sabin, June 1959
    Provenance
    With Frank T. Sabin, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in June 1959
    GAC number
    4937