Estuary Images

Estuary,  an exhibition to mark the 10th anniversary of the Museum of London Docklands, is at the museum of West India Quay, a short walk from Canary Wharf in London’s Docklands from 17 May – 27 October 2013. The show “brings together the work of 12 artists who have been inspired by the outer limits of the Thames where the river becomes the sea.”


West India Quay in 1984

With its dramatic landscape – desolate mudflats and saltmarshes, vast open skies, container ports, power stations and seaside resorts – the Estuary has long been a rich source of inspiration for artists and writers. Through film, photography, painting and printmaking, the contemporary artists featured in this exhibition offer new insight into this often overlooked, yet utterly compelling, environment and the people that live and work there.”

The 12 art works featured in the show are:

Thames Film, William Raban
Seafort Project, Stephen Turner
Thames Painting: The Estuary and Study for The Estuary, Michael Andrews
Purfleet: from Dracula’s Garden and Dagenham, Jock McFadyen
Horizon (Five Pounds a Belgian), John Smith
Southend Pier 2011, from the series Pierdom, Simon Roberts
Medway, Christiane Baumgartner
51º 29′.9″ North – 0º11′ East, Rainham Barges, Bow Gamelan Ensemble
The Golden Tide, Gayle Chong Kwan
Jaunt, Andrew Kötting
Thames Gateway, Peter Marshall
A new film commission by Nikolaj Larsen


West Thurrock #1, 2005

and I’m very pleased to be there. I’ve not yet seen the show, but I’m told that the pictures of mine in it are:

  •  New Housing Estate at Northfleet, close to Ebbsfleet station
  •  View towards Dartford Bridge from Mill Lane, Chafford Hundred
  •  Tilbury Docks viewed from a Thames footpath
  • Gravesend and Northfleet Football Club, seen from Stonebrige Road, Northfleet
  • View of the Thames and Tilbury Docks from Northfleet Cement Works
  • Tilbury Docks
  •  Motorway and rail links, West Thurrock
  • Crossness Sludge incinerator
  • Old Sun Wharf, Rosherville
  • Swanscombe Marshes.

several of which were in my recent book, Thamesgate Panoramas, and more are on the Urban Landscape web site, either in my Thames Gateway (Essex) or Thames Gateway (Kent) project pages, although the titles are different.


The Shore, Northfleet

My prints in the show are from my work the Museum of London collection and they have added rather more descriptive (and sometimes more accurate) titles to some of the work, as well as making archival inkjet prints from the digital files I supplied. I went in to see these when they were printed and was very satisfied with the quality. You can see all the works by a search in the Museum of London collections on-line by using the titles above, or a search on my name (Marshall, Peter) will show almost all of my works held by the museum.

It’s interesting to have work in a show with a mixture of different art forms like this, and I’m pleased to be shown in such distinguished company.


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One Response to “Estuary Images”

  1. […] seems a very long time since I was enjoying oysters and other seafood at the opening of Estuary in mid-May at the Museum of London in Docklands, and like all good things it has to come to an end […]

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