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The Royall Hospitall at Chelsey.

  • ARTIST: Johannes Kip

  • PUBLISHER: Printed for & sold by J. Smith in Exeter Exchange in the Strand.

  • MEDIUM: Copper plate engraving,

    DATE: c.1720.

  • EDITION SIZE: Two sheets, joined. 20 3/8 x 35" (51.7 x 89 cm) plus margins.

  • DESCRIPTION: The Royall Hospitall at Chelsey. The title continues with: “To the Right Hon.ble Sr. Stephen Fox Kn.t Soley Employ'd by King Charles the Second to take care and build the Royal Hospital at Chelsea for ye Superanuated and Indigent Officers & Soldiers towards which, he gave the Ground and a third part of his Office of paymaster to the Army which he then Enjoyed, and Carryed on the Work with Constant Payments.” In 1681, King Charles issued a Royal Warrant authorizing the building of the Royal Hospital Chelsea to care for those 'broken by age or war'. Sir Christopher Wren was commissioned to design and erect the building. Sir Stephen Fox was commissioned to secure the funds necessary to progress the build. The chosen site, set adjacent to the River Thames in the countryside of Chelsea contained the uncompleted building of the former 'Chelsey College'. In 1692 work was finally completed and the first Chelsea Pensioners were admitted.<br><br> This view appeared in Kipp's "Britannia Illustrata" or "Views of Several of the Queens Palaces and also of the Principal Seats of the Nobility & Gentry of Great Britain."


  • CONDITION: Good condition. Black & white.