Portsmouth Revisited I

A history of the city in art from 1679-1900

This display brings together views of Portsmouth, with the earliest work painted over 300 years ago and the most recent produced in the early 1900s.

The paintings and prints are from Portsmouth’s art collection and showcase a number of different views of Portsmouth: the shoreline, iconic landmarks and maritime vessels. We invite you to step back in time and take a fresh look at Portsmouth through the eyes of an artist. Featured artists include: WL Wyllie RA, William Adolphus Knell, Louis Garneray, Richard Poate, HC Bryant and Edmund Crawford RSA.

On long-loan from the Royal Collection Trust is the stunning panorama View of Portsmouth painted in 1679 by the Dutch artist Hendrick Danckerts. Archives suggest this painting was commissioned by Charles II to provide a visual record of the existing fortifications in Portsmouth. The idea was presumably that the King could discuss the fortifications and suchlike, without needing to make a site visit.

This view shows a prospect of Portsmouth from the sea, on the left is the dockyard; in the background on Portsdown Hill and the London Road. The Round Tower is featured and in the centre St. Thomas Church, now the Anglican Cathedral. On the right is the Square Tower and the Domus Dei, now the site of the Garrison Church.

Lent by Her Majesty The Queen. Visit www.rct.uk for further information.

Image of the Danckerts painting in situ at the museum