Twilight walk: Monet and the Thames

Friday 27 April, 6.30–8.30pm

Please meet at Embankment tube station

Kate McLean and Christina Bradstreet

£32/£28 conc./£26 Members & Patrons

Meet at Embankment Underground Station


Imagine the smells and atmosphere of Monet’s London in a twilight walk along the Thames.

As we walk, learn about Monet’s paintings of the Thames and 19th-century ideas about smell, smog, and art, for a historical sensory experience. Starting at Embankment tube station, we will take in some of Monet’s key vantage points.

Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for considerable walking, come rain or shine.

Speaker biographies

Kate McLean is an artist and creator of smell maps of cities around the world. The tools of her trade include smellwalks, smell sketching, graphic design, motion graphics, smell generation and smell diffusion, all united by mapmaking. This year, she is working with Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital and FutureCity to create a London Bridge smell map for the KHP Cancer Arts Programme. She is a PhD candidate in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art.

Dr. Christina Bradstreet is Courses and Events Programmer at The National Gallery. As an art historian, her research specialism and publications focus on the motif of scent in 19th-century art and visual culture, and this was the subject of her PhD at Birkbeck College and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Paul Mellon Centre.

Image above: Detail from Claude Monet, The Thames below Westminster, about 1871