Photographer: Sedgfield, William Russell
Medium: Photographic print
"From Streatley to Cleve Lock the river is much diversified with pretty 'aits,' overgrown with osiers and willows. Between one of the largest of these miniature islands, and the steeply sloping bank, stands the picturesque old mill. This neighbourhood is a very favourite resort of artists...The banks of the river, and especially the aits, are favourite haunts of many pretty water plants, not commonly found, because placid slowly running water is their only suitable habitat. Among the reeds the bright yellow iris may often be seen, and, still more conspicuous, the tall spikes of the purple and yellow loosestrife...More rarely the handsome flowering rush lifts its umbel of pink flowers, the beautiful forget-me-not, and the water persicaria appear in the water,...the white water-lily expands its marble-like flowers, and the less common fringed water-lily may sometimes be found."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'The Thames Illustrated by Photographs'