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Battersea from the River, Low Tide. 1890-1894.

Théodore Roussel

* 1847 in Lorient † 1926 in Hastings

Transfer Lithograph. Size of sheet: 20.3 x 31.6 cm.

Watermark: J&R Turner 1866.

Literature: Hausberg 177.

From the edition of approximately 30 impressions.

Among Roussel's thirteen lithographs, all but three are primarily portraits; this is is one of the exceptions. It was also titled 'Old Battersea' in a review of the exhibition at Dowdeswell's in 1894. It was illustrated in the 'Art journal', 1896 as 'Scene on a River'.

The composition of this lithograph is similar to a number of paintings of Battersea by Roussel - straightforward views of the industrial waterside across from Chelsea, upstream from Battersea Bridge. One structure in particular, with a conical roof and small sphere on top, is a familiar sight in depictions of Battersea by other artists as well. For example, it figures prominently in Sir Francis Seymour Haden's 'Battersea Reach', a scene etched from Whistler's window in Lindsey Row in 1863.



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