Greenwich Park Railway Viaduct
Anonymous wood engraving from an unknown source, published circa 1835.
Overall dimensions: 3 5/8 x 7 5/8 inches.
Generally fair condition throughout, both left and right margins are trimmed close to the borders of the image.
A scarce and unusual view of Greenwich Park looking towards the Thames, the domes of Greenwich Hospital and the sails of shipping on the River are clearly visible. This engraving is notable for its depiction of the proposed, though unrealised, railway viaduct running through Greenwich Park as an extension of the line from London Bridge. The thought of this railway captured the popular imagination and was even included on stage in the pantomime Harlequin and Guy Fawkes at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden in 1835. The party of picnickers under the trees seem either oblivious to, or unconcerned by, the herd of deer charging towards them. The deer themselves look as if they are escapees from a toy Noah's Ark. A curious detail is that tree-lined Lovers' Walk appears to have shifted location and is here shown to the west of the Queen's House rather than its true location to the east. The explanation for this apparent error of geography is that the process of transferring a drawing onto wood for printing results in a mirror image of the original. This print derives from an almost identical wood engraving published in The Mechanics' Magazine on 12 September 1835.