Spotlight Art – A Weekend on the River Thames in Paintings: 2 – Lambeth to the Estuary – Written by Howard N. Oakley @ The Electric Light Company

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Yesterday we cruised down the River Thames in paintings, from Maidenhead in Berkshire (with JMW Turner) to Battersea Bridge (with James Abbott McNeill Whistler). Today we board our boat at Westminster and head down river in the company of some of Europe’s finest landscape painters, from France, Italy, Belgium and Britain.

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) (1697–1768), The River Thames looking towards Westminster from Lambeth (1747), oil on canvas, 118 x 238 cm, Lobkowicz Collections, Lobkowicz Palace, Prague. Wikimedia Commons. Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) (1697–1768), The River Thames looking towards Westminster from Lambeth (1747), oil on canvas, 118 x 238 cm, Lobkowicz Collections, Lobkowicz Palace, Prague. Wikimedia Commons.

Although Canaletto painted many fine views of London when he lived in England between 1746-56, including this of The River Thames looking towards Westminster from Lambeth (1747), few compare with those of his native Venice.

grimshawreflectionsthames John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836–1893), Reflections on the Thames, Westminster (1880), oil on canvas, 76.2 x 127 cm, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, England. Wikimedia Commons.

John Atkinson Grimshaw’s famous Reflections on the Thames, Westminster from 1880 looks…

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