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Royal Hospital Greenwich: Elevation

Other title: Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich

Creator: Webb, John; Wren, Christopher, Sir, 1632-1723

Date: 1664-1669; 1696-1716

Current location: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom

Description of work: Greenwich Hospital was established in 1694 by Royal Charter for the relief and support of seamen and their dependants and for the improvement of navigation. Sir Christopher Wren planned the site, described as "one of the most sublime sights English architecture affords", and during the first half of the eighteenth century various illustrious architects, such as Hawksmoor and Vanbrugh, completed Wren's grand design. The elaborate ceiling and wall paintings in the Great Hall (known as the "Painted Hall") were executed by Sir James Thornhill between 1707 and 1726. The Chapel was restored by James "Athenian" Stuart after a fire in 1779. In 1869 the Hospital was closed, and in 1873 the complex of buildings became the Royal Naval College, where officers from all over the world came to train in the naval sciences. The Navy moved out in 1998 to merge with the RAF and Army at a new Joint Services Staff College in Shrivenham. (

Work type: Architecture and Landscape

Style of work: Renaissance

Culture: English

Materials/Techniques: masonry

Source: Blomfield, Reginald. A history of Renaissance Architecture in England, 1500-1800. 2 vols. London: G. Bell and sons, ltd, 1897. (Vol. 1)

Resource type: image

File format: JPG

Image size: 1167 x 3000 pixels

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Collection: Worldwide Building and Landscape Pictures

Filename: WB2006-811 Royal Hospital Greenwich Elevation.jpg

Record ID: WB2006-811

Sub collection: hospitals


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Taken on May 16, 2006