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Filename: aa065204.jpg

Size: 4233 x 4377 (7.4MB)

Date: 29th April 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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The Old Royal Naval College a065204

OLD ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE, Greenwich, London. View from a hill in Greenwich Park, looking north-west across the park towards the Queens House and the Old Royal Naval College, with four schoolboys running down the hill in the foreground. Photographed by John Gay some time between 1955-1965

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Media ID 968966

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Georgian Hill Maritime Naval People Stuart World Heritage Site


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> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > John Gay Collection (1945-1990)


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph, captured by John Gay between 1955 and 1965, offers a captivating glimpse into the past, showcasing the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London. Nestled in the heart of this historic maritime district, the College, with its grand Palladian architecture and stunning riverside location, stands proudly against the backdrop of a clear, blue sky. Situated on a hill in Greenwich Park, the view looking north-west is a testament to the rich history and cultural significance of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The iconic Queens House, with its distinctive bulbous dome, can be seen to the left, while the Old Royal Naval College, with its impressive Tudor Revival buildings, dominates the centre of the image. The photograph is brought to life by the addition of four schoolboys, their laughter and energy adding a sense of vitality and joy to the scene. Dressed in their uniforms, they race down the hill, their feet kicking up clouds of dust, their faces filled with delight. This moment of innocent playfulness serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring connection between the past and the present, and the ever-changing nature of life. The Georgian architecture of the Old Royal Naval College, with its intricate details and grandeur, stands in stark contrast to the simple, yet timeless, beauty of the boys' playful antics. This photograph is a testament to the power of history to inspire and captivate, and the enduring allure of Greenwich as a place of maritime and cultural significance.

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