Morden College, Blackheath

Henry Ashby Binckes

Oil on canvas

  • About the work

    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.

  • About the artist
    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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  • Details
    Morden College, Blackheath
    Oil on canvas
    height: 35.50 cm, width: 45.50 cm
    Purchased from Piccadilly Gallery, July 1968
    bl (signed): H A BiNckes / 1884. [Note: the initials HAB are partially encircled] br: Morden College / Blackheath / (1884? illegible)
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