The Thames below Westminster

This is one of the works produced by Monet when, like Pissarro and Daubigny, he moved to London during the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1). Pissarro worked mainly in south London, while Monet painted the parks of central London and the River Thames. Here he shows the misty atmosphere of the capital on a spring day, with the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge in the background. They are contrasted with the jetty in the foreground casting broken shadows on the river, and the new foliage of the trees on the Embankment to the right.

Daubigny's 1873 painting, 'St Paul's from the Surrey Side', conveys a similar impression of the Thames, but puts more emphasis on the industrial nature of the river.

Key facts

Artist dates
1840 - 1926
Full title
The Thames below Westminster
Date made
about 1871
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
47 x 73 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lord Astor of Hever, 1971
Inventory number
Location in Gallery