A View From Forest Hill, South London, 1828
Artist: Scharf, George senior
Medium: Pencil on paper
This pencil drawing depicts a view from Forest Hill in Lewisham.
As its name suggests, Forest Hill remained a heavily wooded area until the 19th century. A canal was introduced into the area in 1809, only to be replaced by a more reliable railway thirty years later. The enterprising rail company experimented for a while with vacuum powered trains, although problems arose when rats were found to be nibbling at the leather pipes!