WILLIAM DANIELL, R.A.
Kingston upon Thames 1769 - 1837 London
A view of London from Greenwich Park
oil on canvas
96.6 x 137 cm.; 38 x 54 in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is relatively clean and the varnish is discoloured. The paint surface is slightly worn throughout and there are a handful of surface scratches in the foreground, but the architectural details in the mid- and background are well-preserved. There is some very slight flaking in the sky, in a handful of small areas along the upper margin, notably in the upper left corner, along with a small area in the centre of the lower margin, which would benefit from being consolidated. A campaign of discoloured retouching in the sky to disguise the appearance of craquelure is visible to the naked eye. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals restoration to a repaired diagonal tear in the sky in the centre of the upper margin, approx. 12 cm. long; two areas of restoration in the centre of the left margin, each approx. 2.5 x 2.5 cm.; and two small retouchings in the tree, centre right, of a similar size. There are otherwise small, insignificant scattered retouchings throughout, but the painting is in overall fairly good condition
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Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 11 July 1990, lot 77, where acquired.
London, Royal Academy, 1803, no. 202.
This composition was produced in aquatint by the artist as part of his Views of London, 1804–05.