A Room with a View by Anthony J Sargeant

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We stayed overnight at the Mercure Hotel in Greenwich so that we could get to the Eric Ravillious Exhibition atThe Dulwich Art Gallery by 10 am – before the hordes of the silver haired affluent middle classes could descend “like wolves on the fold their cohorts all gleaming in cashere and pearls”. (apologies to Byron)

Over many years I have always tried to take ‘A View from the Hotel Bedroom Window’ at the many hotels in which I have stayed when attending conferences and on holiday.

The Mercure in Greenwich was undergoing renovation hence the scaffolding in the first image (my favourite) rather like some overly geometric Ravillious – very prescient – (or perhaps Oscar Wilde’s “that little tent of blue”).

Anthony J Sargeant took this photograph from his hotel room on the 19th August 2015. Mercure Hotel Greenwich, London.

Anthony J Sargeant took this photograph from his hotel room on the 19th August 2015. Mercure Hotel Greenwich, London.

The other more conventional view shows sunrise behind Flamsteed House (you can see the 1833 signal ball for 1.00 pm on the top to allow the ships in the Thames to set their timepieces so that they could calculate longitude when they were at sea, also to the right is the dome of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park – all seen through a gap in the scaffolding outside our window.

Flamsteed House with its signal ball can be seen to the right of the sun and centre horizon is the dome of The Royal Observatory

Flamsteed House with its signal ball can be seen to the right of the sun and centre horizon is the dome of The Royal Observatory

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