A View of Hampton Court towards the Thames
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
This view in Indian Ink is copied 'from an ancient painting in the possession of William Bray, Esq.'. This view of Hampton Court Palace shows its convenient riverside location and the impressive frontage that could be viewed from the River. Daniel Defoe, upon seeing the location commented ' if there be a situation on the whole river between Stanes Bridge and Windsor Bridge, pleasanter than another, it is this of Hampton; close to the river, yet not offended by the rising of its waters in floods, or storms, near to the reflux of the tides, but not quite so near as to be affected with any foulness of the water'. The turreted complex of Tudor buildings had by the eighteenth century been substantially added to by later monarchs. For three centuries Hampton Court was a favourite Royal residence but the palace ceased to be used by George III and his family.