Lord Mayor's Water-Procession on the Thames in 1683. Royal Collection. Time-honoured tradition of London Painter-Stainers.
Totally uninfluenced by van de Veldes, whether elder, younger, or convertible. British School. Acquired by Queen Victoria.
Since when the history of genuine British art has been singularly ill-served by British art-historians.

"The power of art is ..... the power to hold our gaze across the years or centuries."
Keith Miller, TLS, December 1, 2006, p.18.

à bout de souffle

Page Ten


An event which shaped the fate of the world for the next 250 years: give or take a couple of decades.
When being British first began to have solid meaning. In 1714, that is.

39 x 60. Signed and dated 1724.

Christie's Friday 24 May 1968. Fine Marine Pictures.

What a hoot! Some research-challenged auction-house minion had failed to discover that George I died in 1727, not 1720. Either that, or the proof-reader needed firing. But still, why should this be the return of King George I from Hanover ? It's his prime accession to the throne.

Signed and Dated 1724. Provided that date is right, it is confirming that Londoners were still overjoyed by the Hanoverian accession ten years after it had taken place. Not until 1727, when George II allowed himself to be manipulated by the Walpole "monster", did things begin to turn a little sour, and the monarchy become an object of odium.

" ... only he who is directly interested in a thing, and occupies himself with it from love of it, will pursue it with entire seriousness. It is from such as these, and not from wage-earners, that the greatest things have always come." Arthur Schopenhauer, 1851.

In the distance is Tilbury fort.     At least, I think it is.     Boils down to construction/demolition of buildings 1714-1770.

Painting once owned by Sir George Leon, Bart., 1902-1964. He was the father of the actor John Standing, born 1934.
The painting was bought by Sir George from Stair & Andrews in 1933.


Gravesend and Tilbury Fort. Though the map is of a later date, the topography of the Thames is the same. But is that building part of Tilbury Fort? Doesn't look quite right.

Below are views of Tilbury Fort: 1773-1828. NB 10/2/2012. The print dated 1773 is a rip-off. It's actually pre-1720.

1773 - 1792 - 1801 - 1828

By 1801 the blockhouse has gained a pitched roof, and no longer flies the flag.

click for more on this painting
From Peter Monamy 1681-1749 and His Circle, by F.B.Cockett, 2000, p 57.

Mr Cockett obtained his information concerning this painting from the finely produced and presented brochure published by the Richard Green gallery to accompany an exhibition which opened on April 7th, 1992. Text at left.

However, the building referred to as Upnor Castle bears no resemblance at all to that construction, while it is the spitting image of the Tilbury Fort "blockhouse", as it appears in the print mistakenly dated 1773, above and below.

Moreover, the community to the left of the exhibition painting is somewhat of a ringer with a depiction of Gravesend, as it appears on a print datable to circa 1785. See above, below, and below again. Amazing that the brochure-writer feels compelled to parrot that Monamy's "style was considerably influenced by Willem van de Velde the Younger many of whose works he copied". Especially when set next to a painting which shows no influence of van de Velde whatsoever.

The two prints below are currently [Feb 2012] for sale by Grosvenor Prints, London.

A View of Gravesend in Kent with Troops passing the Thames to Tilbury Fort.
London. Printed for F. West. 83 Fleet Street. [n.d. c.1785]

A View of Tilbury Fort, in the County of Essex.
Printed for Carington Bowles, Map & Printseller, No.69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Published 2d. March, 1773.

Saylmaker del. Panorama of Tilbury Fort. Engraving by Kip, or Kyp.

Francis Swain[e] is alleged to have drawn the view below. Just before he died in 1782?

"Truth is born into this world only with pangs and tribulations, and every fresh truth is received unwillingly. "
Alfred Russel Wallace

"When a thing is asserted as a fact, always ask who first reported it, and what means he had of knowing the truth."
James Spedding, 1808 - 1881

All truth passes through three stages. 1) It is ridiculed. 2) It is violently opposed. 3) It is accepted as self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.
Cato, according to Plutarch.
Fools are far too up themselves ever to learn anything from anybody, of course.

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