The Wapping Group of Artists - Est 1939

An alphabet of Wapping Group painting venues

2: Brentford and Battlesbridge

This time we have chosen two contrasting venues. There is plenty of subject matter for the painter at Brentford (Middlesex); there is a stretch of Thames riverfront cluttered with all sorts of houseboats and barges, and some surprising debris as the tide recedes. All around the Thames Lock (which connects the river to the Grand Union Canal) there are boats moored up or under repair in the adjacent covered boatyard. No Wapper could fail to find good subjects here.

Battlesbridge is a small village on the river Crouch in Essex, with a handful of good viewpoints for the painter; it has a rustic charm, with open fields and distant lines of trees, very different from the urban setting of Brentford (where the young Turner lived for a brief spell – in 1785 it may well have been more like Battlesbridge). Each venue has its special appeal, though (if pressed) most Wappers would probably admit to a preference for Brentford. In the selection of paintings that follows we have grouped together paintings of the same subject to show how different Wappers have interpreted the motif.

Brentford


Above Left: John Stillman. Above Right: Robin Mackervoy



Above: Steven Alexander


Above: John Killens


Above: Trevor Chamberlain


Above Left: John Bryce, Above Right: John Bryce (wood engraving)


Above: Steven Alexander


Above Left: Paul Banning Above Right: Steven Alexander


Above: Alan Runagall


Above: Steven Alexander


Above: Denis Pannett


Above: Steven Alexander


Above Left: Michael Richardson, Above Right: Steven Alexander


Above: Bert Wright


Above: Steven Alexander


Above: Steven Alexander

Battlesbridge


Above Left: Paul Banning, Above Right: Robin Mackervoy


Above: Alan Runagall


Above: Alan Runagall


Above: John Shave


Above: Steven Alexander