Edmund John Niemann (1813-1876)

Edmund John Niemann painted "Panorama of the Medway from Upnor with Chatham and Dockyard in the distance". The painting is signed and dated Chatham 1859 and measures approximately 32 x 59 cm. It came to light in early 2018 and Greg Page-Turner of Artware Ltd in Honiton, Devon sent me some images to display and find out whether any readers know any further details.

Panorama of the Medway from Upnor with Chatham and Dockyard in the distance.

Panorama of the Medway from Upnor with Chatham and Dockyard in the distance.

Panorama of the Medway from Upnor with Chatham and Dockyard in the distance. Detail.

Panorama of the Medway from Upnor with Chatham and Dockyard in the distance. Detail.

In the far left of the foreground are two obelisks - the new (1836) and old (18th century) London Stones, marking the limit of the City of London's rights of control over the River Medway. Upnor Road now passes them, and seems to be the track passing them across the foreground. Further details can be found on Captain JP's Blog. The Historic England entries for the stones are at:

In the right of the foreground is a conical kiln. The ribs of a ship under construction sit on the land on the right, in front of three cottages.

In the background, almost directly above the oast house roof, is a windmill at Chatham.

Panorama of the Medway from Upnor with Chatham and Dockyard in the distance. Detail 1.

Panorama of the Medway from Upnor with Chatham and Dockyard in the distance. Detail 1.

Panorama of the Medway from Upnor with Chatham and Dockyard in the distance. Detail 2.

Panorama of the Medway from Upnor with Chatham and Dockyard in the distance. Detail 2.

Panorama of the Medway from Upnor with Chatham and Dockyard in the distance. Detail 3.

Panorama of the Medway from Upnor with Chatham and Dockyard in the distance. Detail 3.

Panorama of the Medway from Upnor with Chatham and Dockyard in the distance. Detail 4.

Panorama of the Medway from Upnor with Chatham and Dockyard in the distance. Detail 4.

In the centre foreground a hulk (ship with its masts removed) can be seen. In the right of the background are the covered slipways of Chatham Dockyard, some of which still exist. In the left of the background, next to the slips, is an unused area of St Mary's Island which later became part of the dockyard.

Panorama of the Medway from Upnor with Chatham and Dockyard in the distance. Detail 5.

Panorama of the Medway from Upnor with Chatham and Dockyard in the distance. Detail 5.

Panorama of the Medway from Upnor with Chatham and Dockyard in the distance. Detail 6.

Panorama of the Medway from Upnor with Chatham and Dockyard in the distance. Detail 6.

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