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Thames art, literature and architecture

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Bridging the Thames  
Bridging the Thames
The fascinating stories behind London Bridge and Tower Bridge
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The port in literature
Many writers have used references to the Thames and London's port districts in their works
  The port in literature
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Joseph Conrad  
Joseph Conrad
The Polish émigré who became a British merchant seaman and a master of English prose
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Picturing the 18th-century port
How artists interpreted the Thames in the 18th century
  Picturing the 18th-century port
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Maritime Greenwich: A World Heritage Site  
Maritime Greenwich: A World Heritage Site
A unique historical landscape
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Printing the Thames in the 19th century
The print imagery of the period and the artists who focused on the Thames
  Printing the Thames in the 19th century
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William Lionel Wyllie and the Thames  
William Lionel Wyllie and the Thames
The career and techniques of a prominent Thames artist
Meet the people
William Lionel Wyllie  
William Lionel Wyllie
London river artist
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Inigo Jones
Designer of the first Italian-style buildings in England including the Queen's House, Greenwich
  Inigo Jones
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Maritime Greenwich  
Maritime Greenwich
Uncover the history of this unique historical landscape
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Thames crossings: bridges, ferries and tunnels
Learn more about the bridges and tunnels that cross the River Thames
  Thames crossings: bridges, ferries and tunnels
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Greenwich and London from One Tree Hill, by Johannes Vorsterman  
Greenwich and London from One Tree Hill, by Johannes Vorsterman

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Greenwich through the ages  
Greenwich through the ages

Greenwich has been the site of many prestigious buildings including a royal palace, the Royal Observatory and the Naval College
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The Greenwich Hospital collection

Examples of famous paintings and artefacts donated to the Greenwich Hospital.
  The Greenwich Hospital collection
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Thornhill's painted ceiling  
Thornhill's painted ceiling

Early sketches for Thornhill's Painted Hall in Greenwich Hospital.
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James (Jean-Jaques) Tissot (1836-1902)

Depictions of 19th-century London life observed with a Frenchman’s eye
  James (Jean-Jaques) Tissot (1836-1902)
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Willem van Velde the Elder (1611-93) and the Younger (1633—1707) in London 1672-1707  
Willem van Velde the Elder (1611-93) and the Younger (1633—1707) in London 1672-1707

The Dutch marine artists Willem van de Velde and his son, also called Willem, painted pictures of ships, battles and the sea for the British court, the aristocracy and naval officers
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Browse the collections
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Port Poll
Which is your favourite of these riverside buildings?
The Tower of London
Canary Wharf
The Royal Naval College
The Millennium Dome
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