Morden College was founded by the philanthropist Sir John Morden (1623-1708) in 1695 as a home for poor merchant men who were either single or widowed. The College may have been designed by Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723). However, the building project was overseen by his master mason, Edward Strong.
Today, it is a residential care home for both men and women, which includes accommodation for married couples. Staff of Morden College also now manage other retirement housing in the Blackheath area.
Henry Ashby Binckes exhibited one work at the Royal Academy in 1846, ‘The Midnight Attack: Boys Bolstering’, presumably a scene of boys pillow-fighting, however, his address is listed as just ‘London’. Other works by the artist include ‘Calves in a Wooded Landscape’, sold through Sotheby’s on 14 March 1995, and ‘Cyclists Passing the Greyhound Pub, Dulwich’ (1880), sold through Christie’s on 9 November 2005. There are also two works by Binckes in Southwark Art Collection: ‘Dulwich Village Looking South’ (ref: GA1050) and ‘Dulwich Village Looking North’ (ref: GA1051), both of which are dated 1881. The artist is known to have lived at No.1 Shardlow Villas, in Mebourne Grove and No.339 Crystal Palace Road, Camberwell.
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