10 August 2015

The York House Water Gate: Part Two - The Water Gate in Art

A view of the Thames from the Buckingham stairs water gate towards the Adelphi Terrace, Saint Paul's Cathedral beyond. Circle of William Marlow (1740-1813).

Read first! The York House Water Gate: Part One

The York House Water Gate has been a source of inspiration for many artists since its completion in 1626, though sadly only as a remnant of the once-great Thames-side mansion rather than as the grand waterside entrance to the ill-fated Duke of Buckingham's lodgings.

Here are some examples ...

Wencesclas Hollar's map of London, sometime around 1688

Alexander Hogg's engraving of the Gate in 1784. The water tower in the background was a dominant feature of the 18th century London skyline.

Thomas Malton Jr's Watergate, York Buildings (1795). Currently on display at the British Embassy, Paris

Nelson's Funeral Procession on the Thames, 9 January 1806, by Daniel Turner (1807). Copyright: National Maritime Museum

London, A View Of The Thames, Looking Towards Westminster From Near The York Water Gate
 by Canaletto

Buckingham water gate, the Strand. Engraving by J. Henshall, 1830, after a drawing by T.H. Shepherd.
Credit: Wellcome Library, London

York Water Gate and the Adelphi from the River by Moonlight, by Henry Pether, 1845-60

Henry Dixon's 1880 photograph, showing the Water Gate in disrepair.

The rear of the Water Gate as seen from the end of Buckingham Street, showing the steps dropping down into Embankment Gardens. The gardens are a popular lunchtime spot for office workers.

The rear of the Water Gate New Year's Day 2012. The morning after the night before!

The Water Gate. New Year's Day 2012.

The York House Water Gate: Part One

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