The Thames at London

Image credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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Monet came to London in 1871 as a refugee from the Franco-Prussian war. This view of the Thames depicts the Pool of London with Customs House on the right and London Bridge in the background. Brought up at Le Havre, Monet was fascinated by maritime views and had preferred to work out-of-doors, en plein air, since the 1850s. In 1868 Emile Zola enthused: 'He has sucked the milk of our age... He loves the horizons of our cities, the grey and white patches which the houses make against the light sky.'

The Thames at London




oil on canvas


H 48.5 x W 74.5 cm

Accession number

NMW A 2486

Acquisition method

purchased from the Robert Noortman Gallery, 1980

Work type


Inscription description

Stretcher: Label: Claude Monet TITLE "Le Bassin de Londres" DATE 1871 oil on canvas MEDIUM Label: MINNEAPOLIS ART INSTITUTE No. L57. 1057 LENT BY Mr and Mrs William Potter Wear, Pennsylvania Label:(inscribed) RLD 36 Inscribed: ........#4687(a number crossed out 343?) Label: Robert Noortman Gallery ARTIST CLAUDE MONET 1840-1926 TITLE Le Bassin de Londres, 1871 SIZE Canvas: 49 x 74 cm Stencil: 1974 Label: BRAND IS UNIVERSITY To Mr and Mrs James Stockwell


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