Roussel, Theodore (1847-1926), 'Battersea from the River, Low Tide', Lithograph, 1890-94

'Battersea from the River, Low Tide', Lithograph, 1890-94

Printed on laid paper. Unsigned. From the edition of approximately 30 impressions.

Among Roussel's thirteen lithographs, all but three are primarily portraits. This is one the exceptions. It was also titled 'Old Battersea' in a review of the exhibition at Dowdeswell's in 1894. It was illustrated in the 'Art journal', 1896 as 'Scene on a River'.

The composition of this lithograph is similar to a number of paintings of Battersea by Roussel - straightforward views of the industrial waterside across from Chelsea, upstream from Battersea Bridge. One structure in particular, with a conical roof and small sphere on top, is a familiar sight in depictions of Battersea by other artists as well. For example, it figures prominently in Sir Francis Seymour Haden's 'Battersea Reach', a scene etched from Whistler's window in Lindsey Row in 1863.

Image Size/Plate Size 14.5 x 21.5 cm
Sheet Size 20.3 x 31.5 cm
Reference Hausberg 177
Provenance Phillip Lyon Roussel
Collections British Museum, Hunterian Museum, Glasgow and Victoria and Albert Museum

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