Alfred Sisley The Path to the Old Ferry at By 1880

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Alfred Sisley 1839–1899
The Path to the Old Ferry at By
Le Chemin du vieux bac à By
Date 1880
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Frame: 700 x 848 x 99 mm
support: 498 x 651 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Montague Shearman through the Contemporary Art Society 1940
Not on display

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By is a village a few miles north-west of Moret, where Sisley lived from 1880 onward. The village on the opposite bank is Champagne. A ferry across the river was in operation until 1864 and again between 1870 and 1872. Three washerwomen can be seen in this work. This was a common sight on this stretch of the river as can be seen in another picture painted close by, titled 'Washerwomen near Champagne'.

August 1993

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