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Alfred Sisley

English, 1839–1899

The Thames at Hampton Court


In 1874, Sisley participated in the first Impressionist exhibition in Paris. Later that year, he visited London and painted a dozen works exploring a stretch of the Thames around Hampton Court in different atmospheric conditions. This small canvas records the view on a tranquil day, with sailboats and swans floating on the water. The composition is simple and the modeling sketchy, the artist’s attention focused on the play of light on the surface of the river and in the cloud-filled sky.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 15 x 21 3/4 in. (38.1 x 55.2 cm) Frame: 20 x 26 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (50.8 x 67.9 x 5.7 cm)
Object Number 1955.560
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1937
Status On View

Image Caption

Alfred Sisley, The Thames at Hampton Court, 1874, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.560.


Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.


[Carroll Carstairs, New York, sold to Clark, 6 Mar. 1937]; Robert Sterling Clark (1937–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.