Echoing Canaletto's famous view of St Paul's and the sweep of the river from the gardens of Somerset House, this painting provides a telling contrast which reflects the development of the city in the intervening years.
The Embankment by John O'Connor, 1874
© Museum of London
- Oil on canvas
- 76 x 102 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £3,750 ( Total: £7,500)
- Acquired in:
The artist depicts the Tower Guard en route for duty from Wellington Barracks being watched by a nursemaid with her two charges. He renders the changing light of London in all its subtlety. It is a summer morning with hazy sunshine dimmed by industrial pollution, but the strong shadows and sparkle of sunlight on the river give a clear impression of the heat of the day. For an English painting of the period, it is remarkably free of anecdotal incident, more reminiscent of French plein-air art of the 1860s.
M.Newman Ltd, 1956; Cawood Ltd.