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"Departing Greenwich, 1880"
The scene is set on the River Thames, looking up river from Blackwall Reach toward the Royal Naval College at Greenwich.
A double topgallant yarder prepares to ship her mooring for the tow 'downriver' by paddle-tug, on to the Downs or further, if contra winds or tides require it.
In the foreground, a spritsail barge discharges part of her cargo into a lighter by means of a hand winch, boom and ginwheel.
Oil on canvas
11 x 18 inches
28 x 46 cms.
14.5 x 22 inches; 37 x 56 cms.