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Topographical model the Port of London, River Thames (circa 1780)
A scenic topographical model depicting cargo handling in the Port of London, River Thames (circa 1780) made entirely in wood with metal and synthetic fittings and painted in realistic colours. The model shows the port with the old London Bridge, with its houses and shops, marking the upper limit of navigation for the ships, as well as other well-known landmarks such as the Monument, the Tower of London and the Custom House. The vernacular building s on the north and south bank have been mostly painted in a restricted pallet of colours of browns and brick reds. The water is painted a uniform light grey with the tide falling as shown by the swell on the downstream side of London Bridge. A large number of sailing cargo ships are depicted moored mostly in rows in mid-river. The Tower of London has a large green open area encompassing the outer walls. Within the walls the white tower is distinctive.
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Reproduced with kind permission of Kenneth Britten, modelmaker
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