9 February 2018
Tim Koch mixes oil and water.
One of the many joys of Peter Mallory’s recent three-part post (based on his presentation to the 2017 Rowing History Conference) titled 17 August 1829: A Singular Day on the Thames Tideway was his use of carefully researched works of art to illustrate it – though, as Peter is both a rowing historian and an art history major, this should not be too surprising. Anyone who enjoyed these images as much as I did will be interested in a series of blog posts by the successful modern artist, Poul Webb, in which he reproduces paintings and etchings inspired by the Thames between 1650 and 1995. Poul divided this span of nearly 350 years into six periods and, below, I include a link to each under an example of a work of the time. Some pictures show rowing boats, some do not, but all include the ‘liquid history’ that is the River Thames.