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The Thames at Millwall

Pietro Annigoni (1910-1988)


Signed, inscribed 'A Madame Wall, Souvenir de Pietro Annigoni' and 'London', and dated 'LIII'

Pen ink and watercolour

10 ¾ x 20 ¼ inches

'A Century of British Art: 1945-2010', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, October-November 2021, no 256

The Thames at Millwall
The breadth and character of the river in the present watercolour – divided by barges and edged with low buildings and smoking chimneys – suggests the Thames as it flows around the Isle of Dogs, with Millwall to the left and Rotherhithe to the right.
Perhaps Pietro Annigoni also had a punning intention in dedicating this particular composition to a patron he addressed as 'Madame Wall'. Millwall gained its name from a dozen windmills that were constructed between 1670 and 1730. They stood along the top of the embankment, or wall, that protected the farmland of the Isle of Dogs from flooding.

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