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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