Chelsea’s last regatta
By GREAVES, Walter, 1865
Old Chelsea’s Last Regatta.
- Author: GREAVES, Walter
- Publication date: c.1865–90
- Physical description: Etching and drypoint.
- Dimensions: Image: 260 by 540mm (10.25 by 21.25 inches). Sheet: 340 by 652mm (13.5 by 25.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 12464
As Whistler became more successful the friends drifted apart, and Greaves’ career foundered, especially as claims were made that he simply copied Whistler. He lived in Chelsea for most of his life and continued to take the river as his main subject, as it is here. The original painting is in the Manchester Art Gallery, dated by the artist to 1865, but Greaves’ dating was notoriously unreliable. The print shows the last Chelsea Regatta held before the construction of Sir James Bazalgette’s Chelsea Embankment. The public house hung with flags is the Adam and Eve, a popular subject with artists.
- BM 1939,0424.1
- Elizabeth and Joseph Pennell, The life of James McNeill Whistler (London: William Heinemann, 1908)
- RMG PY9634.