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Greenhithe Pier

1836 (made)
Place of origin

Watercolour drawing of Greenhithe Pier. Signed with title on back of mount and 'H. Cole'.

Object details

Object type
TitleGreenhithe Pier (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Watercolour drawing
Brief description
Watercolour drawing by Sir Henry Cole depicting Greenhithe Pier in Kent. Great Britain, 1836.
Physical description
Watercolour drawing of Greenhithe Pier. Signed with title on back of mount and 'H. Cole'.
  • Height: 3.35in
  • Width: 5.125in
Dimensions taken from departmental notes
Credit line
Presented by Alan S. Cole
Object history
The pier was built in 1842 but does not survive.
Subjects depicted
Place depicted
Bibliographic references
  • Sir Henry Cole (1808-1882) was an eminent Victorian and visionary civil servant whose pioneering ideas created the museum which is now the V&A. With Prince Albert, he created the Great Exhibition of 1851, and continued to organise international exhibitions for the duration of his life. He was in charge of a nationwide system of art and science education, and, again with Prince Albert, developed the South Kensington area as the intellectual quarter of London. The Victoria & Albert Museum, of which he was the founding director, remains as his best known memorial, and is a symbol of his mission to education through exhibiting.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, Accessions 1913, London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1914
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Record createdJune 30, 2009
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