Valley of the Thames

WAG 237


Keeley Halswelle (1832 - 1891) combines an extensive view with almost photographic detail in this painting showing the River Thames running north between Dorchester-on-Tham and Little Wittenham. Day’s Lock is prominent in the middle distance. Halswelle was one of Holt’s favourite artists. He owned four of his works, and valued this one highly enough to give a picture by Tissot for it in part exchange. Halswelle was very popular during Victorian times.