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Samuel Scott, 1701/2–1772

Westminster from Lambeth, with the Ceremonial Barge of the Ironmongers' Company

ca. 1745
Oil on canvas
31 1/4 x 59 1/4 inches (79.4 x 150.5 cm)

Signed, lower left: "S. Scott"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
barges | barges (ceremonial watercraft) | bridge (built work) | buildings | cathedral | ceremony | church | cityscape | coat of arms | construction | flags | marine art | men | parapet | procession | river | rowboats | sailboats | scaffolding | sloops (sailing vessels) | spire | tower (building division) | turrets | wind
Associated Places:
City of Westminster | England | Greater London | London | Thames | United Kingdom | Westminster
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

In this view looking north across the Thames from Lambeth, Samuel Scott depicts scaffolding on one of the western towers of Westminster Abbey, which were designed by the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor and completed in 1745. A little to the right of the Abbey is the tower of St. Margaret’s, Westminster (flying the Union flag), followed by Westminster Hall (in the center), and, in front of it, the twin turrets of the Old House of Commons. Westminster Bridge is nearly finished, with only its parapet still under construction, while downstream the Banqueting House and the spire of St. Martin-in-the-Fields are clearly visible. In the left foreground, the ceremonial barge of the Ironmongers’ Company (identified by its armorial bearings) is rehearsing for the annual river procession to Westminster on Lord Mayor’s Day.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 198-199, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Luke Herrmann, British landscape painting of the eighteenth century., Faber & Faber, London, 1973, p. 32, pl. 21, ND1354.4 H47 1973 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Martin Holmes, London Scaffolding and a Brilliant Painting by Samuel Scott, Connoisseur, vol. 156, June 1, 1964, pp. 84-85, N1 +C75 156 [ORBIS]

Richard Kingzett, Catalogue of the Works of Samuel Scott, Volume of the Walpole Society, vol. 48, Walpole Society, Oxford, 1982, pp. 58, 59, B, N12 W35 A1 48+ (YCBA) [YCBA]

Sarah ( Sarah Helen ) Monks, The Visual Economies of the Downriver Thames in Eighteenth-Century British Art, Visual Culture in Britain, vol. 7, Summer 2006, p. 4, N6761 V57 (YCBA) Also available on line : Art Source [YCBA]

R. J. B. Walker, Old Westminster Bridge : The Bridge of Fools, David and Charles, Newton Abbot ; North Pomfret, Vt., 1979, pp. 232-235, pl. 24, DA689.B8 W34 1979 [ORBIS]

Yale Center for British Art, Selected paintings, drawings & books, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1977, p. 16, N590.2 A82 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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