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Oil painting - The Thames from Millbank
  • The Thames from Millbank
    Redgrave, Richard CB, RA, ARA, born 1804 - died 1888
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The Thames from Millbank

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Date:

    ca. 1836 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Redgrave, Richard CB, RA, ARA, born 1804 - died 1888 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Richard Redgrave (1804-1888) entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1826. During his lifetime he exhibited 141 works at the Royal Academy, 17 at the British Institute and 20 at the Society of British Artists. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1851. Redgrave began his official career in art education in 1847 when he became Master at the Government School of Design, by 1874 he held the post of Director. He was also Inspector of the Queen's Pictures and compiled a catalogue of the Royal Collection between 1857 and 1879.

This particular painting was exhibited at the British Institute in 1836. The view depicted appears to be from the north by Lambeth Bridge looking across to what is now the Albert Embankment. Redgrave seems to have forsaken topographical accuracy in making the right (north bank) appear more rural than it probably was, as well as eliminating Vauxhaul Bridge and the Penitentiary.

Physical description

In the right foreground a boat has been pulled up onto the banks of the River Thames. In front of it, to the right, are two men, each wearing a red hat - the one on the left sits on an ?upturned barrel (or something like this) while the other lies down in the grass. To their right is a path next to a grassy slope, behind which, in the distance is a white building and some trees. Three small boats sit on the glassy water of the Thames and in the distance on the left bank are a number of buildings, some with red roofs. A cloudy sky.


ca. 1836 (painted)


Redgrave, Richard CB, RA, ARA, born 1804 - died 1888 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas


Height: 24.8 cm estimate, Width: 43.2 cm estimate, Height: 40.6 cm framed, Width: 59 cm framed, Depth: 6 cm framed

Object history note

Purchased, 1887

Redgrave exhibited 'The Thames at Millbank' as no.83 at the British Institution in 1836.

Descriptive line

Oil painting on canvas, 'The Thames from Millbank', Richard Redgrave, ca. 1836

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 247
David Jackson, Werner Busch, Jenny Reynaerts, Andreas Blühm, and Ruud Schenk Romanticism in the North : from Friedrich to Turner. Groningen : Groninger Museum ; Zwolle : WBooks, [2017]. ISBN: 9789462582415
p. 177


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Men; Boats




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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