A Series of Picturesque Views of the River Thames by William Havell

This folio comprises 12 bright aquatints of the River Thames from Oxford to Staines bound in their original morocco leather binding.


Aquatint on paper
44 x 58 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £15,000)
Acquired in:
Peter Hill, Antiquarian Bookseller

The aquatints are dedicated to the Commissioners of the Thames Navigation who were responsible for this section of the river. Havell was from a long established Thames family and born in Reading. The folio is fundamental to completing the Thames collection because it provides unusually detailed, visual evidence of the non-tidal river’s operation as a working waterway. It will make an invaluable contribution to building up a vivid and accurate record of the Thames Navigation’s history as an important trading and vital supply route for the nation. The main illustration depicts Windsor Castle.


Private collection, East Anglia, circa 1910-2010; Cheffins Auctioneers, Cambridge, 2010; Peter Hill, Antiquarian Bookseller.

Venue details

River & Rowing Museum Mill Meadows, HENLEY-ON-THAMES Oxfordshire RG9 1BF 01491 415600 www.rrm.co.uk

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