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Regatta at Molesey near Hampton Court

Regatta at Molesey near Hampton Court is an 1874 painting by Alfred Sisley, now in the Musée d'Orsay, to which it was allocated in 1986.

The work shows the Molesey Regatta on the River Thames, begun by an amateur sportsman in 1873 and still in existence. The viewpoint looks upstream from Molesey Boat Club, with the recently-constructed Island Hotel visible on Tagg's Island.

It was left to the French state by the painter and collector Gustave Caillebotte in 1894, and previously hung in the Musée du Luxembourg (1896-1929), the main building at the Louvre (1929-1947), and the Louvre's galerie du Jeu de Paume (1947-1986).

Sisley produced the painting during a four-month stay in England in the summer of 1874, funded and accompanied by his patron the art collector Jean-Baptiste Faure. Sisley settled at Hampton Court and produced a series of canvases of views of the non-tidal Thames. Paradoxically, in usually cloudier England, Sisley's paintings became brighter and more festive.

Oil on canvas
66.0 x 91.5cm
RF 2787
Image and text courtesy of Wikipedia, 2023

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Musée d’Orsay
Permanent collection