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A weekend on the River Thames in paintings: 1 Maidenhead to Battersea

Reminds me of a visual version of “Three Men in a Boat”

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A few weeks ago, we took a boat trip down the River Seine, passing by many of the places painted by a dazzling array of artists. I’m delighted to invite you to join me this weekend on another painterly cruise, this time down the River Thames, in even more brilliant company. Today we’ll aim to get as far as Battersea, in the western parts of London, then tomorrow we’ll pass through the most famous heart of the city and end up in the Thames Estuary.

The River Thames rises in Gloucestershire, not too far from the River Severn, which runs in the opposite direction. After flowing through Oxford, where it’s known as the River Isis, it meanders its way through the posh parts of Berkshire, trending steadily east towards the North Sea.

turnerrainsteamspeedgwr Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway (1844), oil on…

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By penwithlit

Freelance writer and radio presenter

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