boats with large brown sails; tops of trees in foreground; smokestacks in URC

Thames Barges, 1911

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Gift of Marla J. Kinneyexpand_more  2018.43.6

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Sailing barges on the River Thames were a common sight in early-1900s London, when Ethel Kirkpatrick was attending the city’s Central School of Arts and Crafts. Unmistakable with their huge sails, these flat-bottomed boats were designed to transport larger ships’ cargo into London through the Thames estuary, which was too shallow for big ships to navigate.

The curved, streaky brush marks on the trees seem to add motion to the scene, while the mauves and lavenders lend a muted, end-of-day air. Kirkpatrick also darkened the sails, which in real life were a brilliant burnt red.

Thames Barges
Artist Life
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(Abbott & Holder, London, until 2014, sold, May 30, to Huntington-Whiteley); (James Huntington-Whiteley, London, 2014-17; sold to Kinney); Marla J. Kinney, Minneapolis (2017-18)
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boats with large brown sails; tops of trees in foreground; smokestacks in URC