This view shows St Paul's Cathedral in the distance, left of centre. The vantage point of the artist was on the south, or Surrey side of the river Thames, between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge.

Daubigny first visited London in 1866, returning in 1870-71 to escape the Franco-Prussian war. This painting, dated 1873, was either begun on the spot and finished in the studio, or was worked up from sketches made of the river during this visit.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1817 - 1878
Full title
St Paul's from the Surrey Side
Date made
1871-3
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
44.5 x 81 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by friends of Mr. J.C.J. Drucker, 1912
Inventory number
NG2876
Location in Gallery