Canaletto (whose actual name was Giovanni Antonio Canal), painted his well-known ‘A View of Greenwich from the River’ in about 1752.
Mind you, some scholars believe Canaletto never visited the Isle of Dogs to create this painting. It is suggested that he sent some of his students to create sketches and rough paintings, from which he created the final painting.
No matter. As fine as this painting is, and as remarkable it is that the view is virtually unchanged in 2015, I am more interested in the reverse view, the view from the hill, the view from here:
For hundreds of years, this has been the best place to get a good view of the Isle of Dogs, and to trace its development until today, superficially at least. Words are superfluous.