Monday, 21 June 2010

The Thames at Embankment

Charing Cross Bridge & Parliament from Cleopatra's Needle, on the Embankment
11.5" x 17", pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils in Large Moleskine Sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell

I have a fascination with trying to find the spot where Monet painted the Thames and the Houses of Parliament from the west (as opposed to from the opposite bank in the room he had at St Thomas Hospital).  This is too far west because ths sketch of Embankment Pier was done from the base of Cleopatra's Needle.

However it does provide an excellent place to sketch the Thames without having people peering over your shoulder!  You just need to avoid being on the lower terrace when the tide is coming in!

You can read more about this sketch and location on my sketchbook blog Embankment Pier and Thames at Charing Cross


vivien said...

Having seen this one in real life I can say it's much better than the small image online shows it - it loses the subtlety of the overlaid colours

I liked this one .... a lot :>)

Anonymous said...

Very nice Katherine, some adventure on the lower terrace when the tide comes in, non?

Sarah said...

nice sketch Katherine

Jeanette Jobson said...

Its interesting to find a location that you've seen through others eyes initially. Monet would be shocked at the changes to his viewpoint now.

Your sketch captures the busyness of the scene.