Old Waterloo Bridge from the South Bank

Waterloo Bridge runs diagonally across the etching towards the north bank and Somerset House. The rowboats, barges, and tugboats across the Thames highlight the industrial nature of the river. Waterloo Bridge was in operation from 1817 to 1924; however, the new Waterloo Bridge was built after Wyllie’s death, from 1936-1942, so the title is likely a supplied title, not one that Wyllie himself would have provided. Signed by artist.

W. L. Wyllie (1851-1931) was a British Marine artist. Born in London, Wyllie painted, drew, and etched Thames scenes throughout his life. He moved to Portsmouth in 1907, where he continued working, supported the restoration of the Victory and painted the Trafalgar Panorama. Early in his career Wyllie was an illustrator for The Graphic, and he became a member of the Royal Academy in 1907.

Object Details

ID: PAF0708
Collection: Fine art
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Wyllie, William Lionel
Places: Unlinked place
Date made: ca.1920-25
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 285 x 448 mm; Image: 190 x 354 mm; Mount: 406 mm x 557 mm

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