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Charing Cross Bridge

Claude Monet, French, 1840–1926
Oil on canvas
London, Greater London, England, Europe
Current Location
On View, Gallery 218
28 3/4 x 41 in. (73 x 104.1 cm)
framed: 36 5/16 × 46 13/16 × 3 1/2 in. (92.2 × 118.9 × 8.9 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Public Domain
Object Number
In this scene, a train puffs across the bridge as sunlight falls through the mist and creates shimmering patterns on the river surface. Claude Monet painted a series of about 30 paintings of the Charing Cross railroad bridge spanning the River Thames, each highlighting different light and weather effects. Monet was a noted Anglophile and painted this view on one of three visits to London between 1899 and 1901. He noted, “I love London…what I love, above all, is the fog.”
March 1913 - May 1913
Durand-Ruel Galleries, New York, NY, USA, purchased from the artist

May 1913 - December 1913
Arthur B. Emmons, Newport, RI, purchased from Durand-Ruel Galleries [1]

December 1913 - 1915
Durand-Ruel Galleries, New York, NY, re-acquired from Arthur B. Emmons

1915 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Durand-Ruel Galleries [2]

The main source for this provenance is the 1996 catalogue raisonné [Wildenstein, Daniel. "Monet." Cologne: Taschen, 1996, cat. no. 1548]. Exceptions and other supporting documents are noted.

[1] Information about Arthur B. Emmons's residence is provided in an earlier version of the catalogue raisonné [Wildenstein, Daniel. "Claude Monet: Biographie et catalogue raisonné." Paris: La Bibliothèque des Arts, 1974, no. 1548].

[2] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, March 4, 1915.
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