The Path to the Old Ferry at By

The village of By was some four miles north-west of Moret, connected to the village of Veneux by a riverside path (see also 'The Small Meadows in Spring'). Until 1872 a ferry had operated from By to the village of Champagne on the opposite bank of the Seine.

This view across the river was one of several painted by Sisley. The scene is a rural one, but shortly after this picture was painted, Champagne was transformed by the building of an electrical factory and workers' houses.

Key facts

Artist dates
1839 - 1899
Full title
The Path to the Old Ferry at By
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
49.8 x 65.1 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
On loan from Tate: Bequeathed by Montague Shearman through the Contemporary Art Society 1940
Inventory number
Location in Gallery