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Preliminary design for the ceiling of the Upper Hall at Greenwich

Drawing
ca.1707 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Drawing in pen and ink with wash over pencil, squared in pencil. Preliminary design for a ceiling of the Upper Hall at Greenwich. The drawing depicts Queen Anne at the centre, surrounded by allegorical figures representing Providence,the Virtues, the Arts and Sciences, and other emblems of Empire.


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Brief description
Drawing, Preliminary design for the ceiling of the Upper Hall at Greenwich by Sir James Thornhill, pen and ink with wash over pencil, ca.1707
Physical description
Drawing in pen and ink with wash over pencil, squared in pencil. Preliminary design for a ceiling of the Upper Hall at Greenwich. The drawing depicts Queen Anne at the centre, surrounded by allegorical figures representing Providence,the Virtues, the Arts and Sciences, and other emblems of Empire.
Dimensions
  • Height: 33.5cm (Note: Measurement from: Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1919, London: Printed Under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921)
  • Width: 38.2cm (Note: Measurement from: Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1919, London: Printed Under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921)
Marks and inscriptions
Inscribed on the back, each figure labelled from a to z, including: 'a The Queen leaning on a shield on wch is ye united Crosses of St George & St Andrew a dove at her feet, an on her left side b Providence and e- Victory introducing f Peace drest in white wth a palm in her hand, and on her right side r- Neptune as God of ye sea bringing in ye Princes Picture as Ld High Admirall. Beneath the Queen is s Liberality [erased word] pointing to ye Queen - as an Emblem of her Hospitality to ye Seamen Etc and m- fame sounding ye Praises of her Majestie, above is n- Time triumphing over envy. In the top left corner are u Apollo & ye Muses and top right w-Arts & Sciences wth Cupid's distributing Lawrels to them'
Object history
Provenance: purchased in 1919



This drawing was previously identified as a preliminary design for Hampton Court. An oil painting of the same subject is in the collection of L.G. Martin (exhibited Royal Academy, 1934, no.206)
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Bibliographic reference
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1919, London: Printed Under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921
Collection
Accession number
E.5199-1919

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