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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Spotlight Art – A Weekend on the River Thames in Paintings: 1 – Maidenhead to Battersea – Written by Howard N. Oakley @ The Electric Light Company

The Eclectic Light Company

A few weeks ago, we took a boat trip down the River Seine, passing by many of the places painted by a dazzling array of artists. I’m delighted to invite you to join me this weekend on another painterly cruise, this time down the River Thames, in even more brilliant company. Today we’ll aim to get as far as Battersea, in the western parts of London, then tomorrow we’ll pass through the most famous heart of the city and end up in the Thames Estuary.

The River Thames rises in Gloucestershire, not too far from the River Severn, which runs in the opposite direction. After flowing through Oxford, where it’s known as the River Isis, it meanders its way through the posh parts of Berkshire, trending steadily east towards the North Sea.

turnerrainsteamspeedgwr Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway (1844), oil on…

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