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View of Greenwich and Up the River

In England the topographic landscape, often taking the form of an estate portrait, had been favored since the seventeenth century. The popularity of Canaletto’s Italian views among British tourists encouraged the continuation of this type of imagery. In the latter part of the century, the British also began to appreciate the scenic qualities of their own country, and numerous paintings and illustrated tour guides emerged to document the most picturesque views of England, Scotland, and Wales.

Farington studied under the finest English early eighteenth-century landscape painter, Richard Wilson. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Farington did not undertake the journey to Italy. His only trip abroad was to Paris in 1802. Instead, he chose to specialize in scenes of his own country, publishing several topographical views with Stadler, a prominent aquatint engraver. Farington is also famous for his diaries, which, today, are one of the chief sources of information regarding the artistic life of the period.

Joseph Constantine Stadler
German, active 1780–1812
after Joseph Farington
British, 1747–1821
View of Greenwich and Up the River from History of the River Thames
1795
Colored aquatint on paper
Image: 8 5/8 x 12 ¾ in. (21.9 x 32.4 cm); sheet: 8 5/8 x 12 ¾ in. (21.9 x 32.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 96.27