'View of Barges on the Thames with Henley Beyond' by Frederick Watts.
Framed oil on canvas.
River scene with the river in the foreground and three barges in the centre. The large barge to the right of centre has a covered deck and a figure at the helm to the rear, and is reflected in the water. There is a smaller barge under sail beside it and on the left of centre is a fully laden barge nearing the bank, where there are horses and some figures on the tow path. In the far distance on the right is the bridge and spire of St Marys Church in Henley-on-Thames.
This is possibly the painting entitled Barges on the River Thames at Henley, exhibited at the Society of British Artists in 1839 (no.491) (cited in ‘Works exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists 1824-1893’ vol2. P. 489).
Purchased by the Museum with grant assistance from the Resource/V & A Purchase Fund and Sir Harry Djanogly CBE..