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.