South front and grounds of the Royal Hospital by George Munson, c.1890

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Watercolour showing Royal Hospital and grounds from the river showing obelisk and cannons

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South front and grounds of the Royal Hospital by George Munson, c.1890

This watercolour shows the south front of the Royal Hospital as seen from the river. The Royal Hospital was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and is rightly considered one of his masterpieces. The obelisk in the centre is a memorial to those who fell during the battle of Chillinawalla in 1849. This was a decisive battle in the 2nd Sikh War with huge losses on both sides. Surrounding the monument are cannons used during the battle. An In-Pensioner wearing his distinctive scarlet coat can be seen walking in the grounds. The grounds are open to the public and generations of Chelsea children have spent many happy hours here.

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