black ink on light tan paper; large winding river from LR corner to left of center of image; on right side of river, many buildings packed closely; church spire and building with conical roof on right side; on left side of river, boats with tall masts docked; city along horizontal center of image with bridge; in foreground, human figure and black cat at center and group of humans to left, leaning on walls; small boats on river; small hot air balloon in distance in upper left/center

Battersea Reach, 1863

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Gift of John and Laura Taftexpand_more  2018.128.10

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Sometimes Francis Seymour Haden shows us places where the railroad was just starting to cause change on the outskirts of London. By 1863, that type of transformation had already been at work in Battersea for 25 years. The lavender fields have been replaced by dense settlement. Despite all the new construction, the steeple of Saint Mary’s Church remains prominent. Though we have a fairly high vantage point, it is nothing like the view that may have wowed the occupants of the distant hot air balloon.

Details
Title
Battersea Reach
Artist Life
British, 1818–1910
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2018.128.10
Provenance
Robert Taft (1889-1953, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C.); by descent to John Taft, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2018.
Catalogue Raisonne
Schniederman 48
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black ink on light tan paper; large winding river from LR corner to left of center of image; on right side of river, many buildings packed closely; church spire and building with conical roof on right side; on left side of river, boats with tall masts docked; city along horizontal center of image with bridge; in foreground, human figure and black cat at center and group of humans to left, leaning on walls; small boats on river; small hot air balloon in distance in upper left/center