Painting of Bermondsey in 1569

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Wednesday 19 August 2009 12.47pm
Not sure whether this has been posted before but I've just came across this wonderful painting by the Flemish artist Joris Hoefnagel on his tour of England in 1569. Appears to be the Potters Fields area. Tower of London in the background, not sure what the church is on the right though?

A Fete in Bermondsey
Wednesday 19 August 2009 2.39pm
an absolute joy of a painting .
thanks for that ,J.K

DJM
Wednesday 19 August 2009 3.20pm
Could the church be St Olave's? Or even, at a pinch, Bermondsey Abbey? The tower looks pretty far over to the left...
Wednesday 19 August 2009 5.17pm
There was a St Olaves on Tooley Street (on site of Hays Wharf) with a tower, or from an opposite viewpoint it could be St Marys in Rotherhithe (still there). Always allow for considerable artistic re-planning of the landscape and distortion of perspective in the interests of composition!
Wednesday 19 August 2009 6.16pm
We've got a print of Hollar's 1647 'long view of London' from the top of Southwark Cathedral. It bears a passing resemblance to what is now Tooley Street, with the original St Olaves on, although it would mean an amount of artistic licence moving the Tower considerably to the west.

Fascinating image. Thanks JK.
Wednesday 19 August 2009 7.14pm
Fabulous!! Do you know where the original painting is, by any chance?
Wednesday 19 August 2009 8.12pm
curatrix wrote:
Fabulous!! Do you know where the original painting is, by any chance?

I was looking for that myself as I'd love to see it, but can't see anything about it though. Possibly in a private collection?
Wednesday 19 August 2009 9.11pm
The painting is at Hatfield House:
http://www.hatfield-house.co.uk/HistoryArchives.asp?S=2&SS=21&V=1&P=94

The image inspired this musical theatre production a few years back:
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/2115

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Wednesday 19 August 2009 9.14pm
It's in the collection at Hatfield House apparently.
Website here
Wednesday 19 August 2009 9.15pm
Timing!
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