Winter, Chelsea

WALTER GREAVES (1846-1930)

Winter, Chelsea

c. 1890 United Kingdom

Offered by Sarah Colegrave

Price Upon Request
Request Information Call Dealer
Favourite Item
Greaves was the son of a Chelsea boat-builder and waterman. He and his brother Henry initially trained as shipwrights but in their spare time drew and painted local views of the Thames and the streets and lanes of Chelsea. In the early 1860s they met Whistler who was to become a close friend and mentor. They took Whistler on the river, acted as studio assistants and became his pupils. The relationship with Whistler lasted until the early 1880s when the irascible master fell out with his hero-worshiping disciples. Walter continued to paint and draw views of the Thames and Chelsea. As with Whistler’s etchings, these were often retrospective views showing the area before the building of the Embankment in the early 1870s, when vast areas of the old waterfront were demolished. Confusion often arises over the dates that appear on his works, as they indicate the date of the retrospective view rather than the date of execution. Much of his life was spent in poverty and in 1922 he was admitted to the Charterhouse as a Poor Brother, where he remained until his death.

Walter Greaves exhibited his work in London at the Goupil Gallery and Grosvenor Gallery and in the provinces. His early work was painted in a naïve and primitive style but subsequent paintings shared many characteristics with those of Whistler. His work is represented in the collection of the Tate Gallery and elsewhere. Several exhibition of his work were held at the Parkin Gallery in the 1980s.

This snowy view of Chelsea is in Old Church Street looks north towards the King’s Road. It shows the Black Lion public house near the corner of Paulton Street. The building was replaced circa 1890.
Height 32.00 cm (12.60 inches)
Width 24.50 cm (9.65 inches)
External Height 50.50 cm (19.88 inches)
External Width 42.00 cm (16.54 inches)
Stock Code
Watercolour and ink over traces of pencil
Sarah Colegrave

Sarah Colegrave

+44 (0)207 602 1959
+44 (0)7775 943722
Favourite Dealer
Request Dealer Alerts
Opening Hours
Member Since 2007
Members of
View Full Details