John Stobart, Fellow Emeritus
"Pool of London from Billingsgate Market Wharf"
30" x 40" - Oil on canvas
In this composition, painted in 1952, looking up the Thames from the wharf at the Billingsgate Fish Market, the Lower Pool of London below Tower Bridge shows a mix of busy commerce and dereliction in the aftermath of World War II. A towboat with barge plows downstream, and a pair of tugs maneuvers a large white freighter as other vessels unload along the wharves. The rusty red of the dockland unloading cranes is echoed in the red details on some of the ships and in the highlighted tops of cargo barges in the river, as well as in the war-damaged barrier along this quiet stretch of water.