From July to October 1874, Sisley embarked on a trip to London paid for by celebrated French operatic baritone, Jean-Baptiste Faure. It is thought that Sisley began this painting as soon as he arrived in London, having brought the canvas over in his luggage with him from Paris. Inspired by Daubigny, he chose a panoramic view of London looking out over the Thames from the south bank near Westminster Bridge.
View of the Thames: Charing Cross Bridge
The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas 33 × 46 cm The Andrew Brownsword Arts Foundation, on loan to the National Gallery, London
Alfred Sisley (1839 – 1899) was one of the most consistent Impressionist painters. Born in Paris to Anglo- French parents, he was sent to London to train for the family business, but decided upon a career in painting in 1862. In 1863 he entered Gleyre's studio in Paris and met Monet, Renoir and Bazille, whose friendship had an enormous impact on this life and work. Sisley’s work was shown in four of the eight Impressionist exhibitions held between 1874 and 1886.