The Thames at Shillingford
A landscape showing Keen Edge, Shillingford, in Oxfordshire, with Dorchester Abbey visible in the distance. The River Thames is in the foreground and the artist has included examples of the types of boat that would have been familiar on the Thames. There are three different Thames craft, two spritsail 'upstream' barges used for trading with London together with a flat lighter-barge carrying hay. In the foreground is a fishing boat known as a Peter-boat which was a common sight on the River Thames and its estuary, its main characteristic being possession of a fish well in the centre, where the catch was kept alive until landed. The idealized setting evokes Dutch 17th century landscape painting and the pronounced reflections reinforce an air of stillness and unreality.
John Thomas Serres
- Image reference: BHC1105
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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