The Thames from Greenwich, London
John Wharlton Bunney
Date Made/Found: 1860-1882
, British, 1828 - 1882
Material and Medium: watercolour on paper
Dimensions: Support: 273 x 385mm
Mount: 330 x 420mm
Accession Number: CGSGB491
Bunney painted this view from a central position between the two blocks that form the Old Naval College at Greenwich, now occupied by Greenwich University and Trinity College of Music. The obelisk seen beyond the Naval College buildings is a monument to the explorer Joseph Renne Bellot who drowned in 1853.
From its earliest times, Greenwich has had many dockyards. In the mid 1800s, despite the new railways, the River Thames was still the main route for goods being imported and exported to and from London. The sailing boats at the left of this painting are moored in the position where the trade ship, Cutty Sark is docked today. This mooring is also the position of today's 'Greenwich Pier', where London Transport boats dock.
As can be seen from this drawing, Greenwich also seemed to be a favourite place for one family to launch their model boats.