HAMPTON COURT PALACE FROM THE RIVER
The view of Hampton Court Palace from the Thames is not so striking nor so dignified as from some other points, but nevertheless it has its charms, the colour of the vast structure contrasting agreeably with the green banks and gleaming water of the river. Our picture is taken from just below the ugly bridge - the one thing that spoils the scene. To the south, between the Palace and the stream, is the Privy Garden, with the celebrated vine. There was once a water gate in which the Princess Elizabeth was imprisoned and whence Charles I. escaped; and here the state barges were wont to stop. This, however, is no more, and barges, except for commercial purposes, have given place to steam launches.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896