Printed on laid paper. Unsigned, with the artists tab. One of several impressions printed in blue-green ink. Trimmed to the platemark by the artist.
The Annual Chelsea Regatta, held on Whitsunday, had ceased before Roussel moved to London. The races between the Royal Hospital and Cremorne had ended with the completion of the Chelsea Embankment in 1871. However, smaller rowing races and fêtes continued, as depicted by this etching.
By 1888, Roussel and his first wife had three children. The three youngsters depicted in detail in the left of the plate, and shown facing the artist rather than the activities on the river, are probably his children Paul, Jeanne and Raphael.