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Donald Chisholm Towner, The Embankment, Westminster

The Embankment, Westminster, 1934

Donald Chisholm Towner (1903 - 1985)

RA Collection: Art

Towner was a painter and ceramics expert born in Eastbourne, Sussex. His published books included The Leeds Potter (1963), Creamware (1978) as well as an autobiography, Reflections, in 1979. As well as painting subjects around Hamstead, where he lived, he also designed posters in the 1950s for The Travel Association.

This cityscape shows a hazy view of the embankment from Cleopatra’s needle down towards the Houses of Parliament. The artist chose a high view point which gives grandeur to the sweep of the Thames while still managing to convey details of the busy city with barges going down the river, buses on the roads and people walking through Victoria Embankment Gardens.

Object details

The Embankment, Westminster
Object type
Copyright owner
Oil on canvas

585 mm x 750 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Purchased from Donald Chisholm Towner in 1934

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