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On Shooter's Hill, near Woolwich, 1826

On Shooter's Hill, near Woolwich, 1826

Artist: Scharf, George senior

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1826

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36489A

Item number: f38

Length: 14

Width: 22.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This delightful watercolour depicts Shooter's Hill near Woolwich. The term "Shooter's Hill" first appeared in 1226 and may refer to the criminal activity that occurred in the vicinity. During the 18th century the area was renowned for its highwaymen, who lurked in the thickly wooded fringes. The hill is the highest point in South London and still offers superb views of the city.

There is evidence that a community has existed at Woolwich since the Iron Age. In 1512 Henry VIII chose Woolwich as the centre of shipbuilding for the newly formed Royal Navy. It became an important garrison town for the capital, being the site of the Royal Arsenal and Military Academy.

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