On a trip to England in 1883, Buhot drew a number of harbor scenes, one of which served as a preliminary sketch for this print. In this view of the Thames the etching describes the cloud formations and changing light of an oncoming storm. It documents a phenomenon of the time: steamers too large to travel up the Thames to London docks had to unload cargo onto smaller river craft downstream.
La Grande Marine
L'Embouchure de la Tamise
etching, aquatint, drypoint and roulette
vi of 8 states
25.7 x 34.5 cm platemark
Signature & date
Signed l.r., [incised plate] "FB". Not dated.
Gift of Iphy Kallinikos 2017
Not on display
Annandale Galleries, 1989, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Anne Gregory bought the print in auction, Drouot Paris in Sept-Nov 1989 and sold it to the present owner soon after.
Referenced in 3 publications
Henri Béraldi, Les graveurs du XIXe siècle, Paris, 1885-1892, vol 4 (1886), p 33, no 157.
Gustave Bourcard and James Goodfriend, Félix Buhot. Catalogue descriptif de son oeuvre grave, 1979, pp 98–99, no 157.
Jay McKean Fisher, Colles Baxter and Jean-Luc Dufresne, Félix Buhot peintre-graveur, prints, drawings, and paintings, Baltimore, 1983, p 112, no 74.