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  • Place of origin:

    Hackney (painted)

  • Date:

    1856 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Matthews, C. H. , born 19 (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Hon. Arthur Villiers

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case Z, shelf 17, box II

Physical description

Water colour sketch of a view at Hackney, depicting the Downs, with a bridge at the far left, a man walking along a path and some children playing in the foreground right.

Place of Origin

Hackney (painted)


1856 (painted)


Matthews, C. H. , born 19 (painter)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Then to a milder scene,
where hedge nor fence exclude the passing gale
and where hard by a still and rippling spring
steals its clear waters.
In pencil below. This is an extract from William Fox's poem 'La Bagatella', published in 1801.


height: 8 in, width: 11 in

Object history note

This object was part of the John Edmund Gardner collection of topographical prints and drawings of London. After Gardner's death the collection passed to his son Edmund Thomas, but was sold to Edward Coates MP in 1910. The collection was sold again in 1923 after Coates' death, and was split between various institutions and private collectors. The portion connected with Hoxton, Homerton, Hackney and Bethnal Green was bought by the Hon. Arthur Villiers and donated to the Bethnal Green Museum.

Descriptive line

Watercolour sketch of a view at Hackney, The Downs, 1856 by C. H. Matthews

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from departmental handlist.


Painting (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Bridges (built works); Playing; Water-colours; Churches; Walking; Rural areas; Parks (recreation areas)


Drawings; London history


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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