Aquatint with etching, image 215 x 305mm. 8½ x 12". One small tear close to title repaired.
The Royal Hospital Chelsea, with figures in the grounds. Chelsea Hospital is a retirement and nursing home for British soldiers who are unfit for further duty due to injury or old age, referred to as 'in-pensioners' (or more colloquially, as Chelsea pensioners). The Hospital was founded by King Charles II, who issued a Royal Warrant authorising the building of the Hospital on 22 December 1681, in order to make provision for old or injured soldiers. Many of these soldiers, who were no longer fit for service, had been kept on regimental rolls so that they could continue to receive payment, because there was an inadequate provision of pensions for them. Sir Christopher Wren was commissioned to design and erect the building. His design was based on the Hôpital des Invalides in Paris. The grounds of the Royal Hospital have been the site of the annual Chelsea Flower Show since 1913. From 'A Picturesque Tour Through the Cities of London and Westminster, illustrated With the most interesting Views, accurately delineated And executed in Aquatinta by Thomas Malton', 1792 - 1801. Malton (1748 - 1804) was an architectural watercolourist and teacher of Thomas Girtin and Joseph Mallord William Turner; also an aquatinter, notably after his own designs of London views.
Abbey Scenery: 204, 98. Longford Images of Chelsea: 81.
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