- Walter Greaves 1846–1930
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 641 x 768 mm
frame: 888 x 1016 x 66 mm
- Purchased 1940
In the 19th century the waterfront at Chelsea, London was busy with barges and steamboats. Greaves painted this stretch of the river Thames several times. Here he includes the steeple of St Mary’s Church, Battersea.
Greaves was the son of a Chelsea boat-builder. He met the artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler in 1863 and they became close friends. Whistler frequently went out on the family’s boats to paint river scenes. Greaves said ‘Chelsea was so beautiful that you couldn’t but paint it. To Mr Whistler, a boat was always a tone. To me, it was just a boat’.
Gallery label, April 2019
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