Walks of art Dolly Alderton on Monet and the Thames

The writer and journalist wanders along the river and explores its hidden depths

John Constable, ‘The Opening of Waterloo Bridge (‘Whitehall Stairs, June 18th, 1817’)’ exhibited 1832
John Constable
The Opening of Waterloo Bridge (‘Whitehall Stairs, June 18th, 1817’) exhibited 1832

From Monet's obsession with British fog, to Turner's romantic depictions of the river, the Thames has inspired many artists for years. Hear Dolly talk with curators, historians and cartoonists about how artists have changed the way we see the river.

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Discover more of Monet's work at The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (1870 – 1904) exhibition at Tate Britain 2 November 2017 – 7 May 2018.

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Dolly Alderton

Dolly Alderton is a journalist, writer, the Sunday Times Style's former dating columnist and co-host of the pop-culture and news podcast The High Low. Her first book Everything I know About Love is out next February. You can follow her on Twitter here.

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