Greaves beside Carlyle's statue not far from his Chelsea home

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Photograph of Greaves beside Carlyle statue

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Greaves beside Carlyle's statue not far from his Chelsea home

Walter Greaves seen here standing beside a statue of Thomas Carlyle on Chelsea Embankment opposite Cheyne Row. He was the son of a Chelsea waterman and boat builder and with his brother Henry painted hundreds of scenes of the Chelsea riverside. Just as his father had taken Turner out on the Thames to paint, Walter did the same for Whistler. A close friendship developed and they became Whistler's first pupils. This relationship turned sour but Walter continued to ape his 'master' as can be seen from his dress.

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