Hammersmith Bridge on Boat Race Day, 1862 by Walter Greaves


Hammersmith Bridge on Boat Race Day, 1862


Walter Greaves

Ref GM2685
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 18" x 28" (46 x 71 cm)
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As a painter and etcher, Walter Greaves was primarily concerned with the London city and riverscape. ‘Hammersmith Bridge On Boat Race Day’ depicts crowds of people on Hammersmith Bridge, London watching The Boat Race, which is an annual rowing race between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club, rowed between competing eights on the River Thames in London, United Kingdom. It usually takes place on the last weekend of March or the first weekend of April. Since the start of The Boat Race in 1829, artists have been inspired by the spectacle of the event. This painting captures the colour and the excitement of an urban scene. Greaves claims the naïve masterpiece was painted when he was aged sixteen in 1862; however, since he was unreliable over dates, its history has never been settled.