Monet pastel returns to the Savoy Hotel

Waterloo Bridge, London (1901) Monet had panoramic views of the Thames from his hotel room

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Monet's Waterloo Bridge, created during one of his stays at The Savoy, is returning to the London hotel over 100 years after it was drawn.

The French impressionist sketched the pastel artwork in January 1901 from his view from room 618, now known as the Monet suite.

Invited guests will be able to view Waterloo Bridge from the same room.

Hotel guests will then be able to view the sketch in The Savoy Museum located next to its renowned American Bar.

It will be on display between 13 and 16 December.

The work is on loan from an art dealer and is currently available to buy.

Waterloo Bridge is one of 26 pastels of the River Thames known to have survived from Monet's stays at The Savoy, and the only example not held in a museum.

"Since opening in 1889, The Savoy has played host to numerous artists such as Whistler and Picasso. However, Monet's views of the Thames are without doubt the most celebrated works of art associated with the Savoy," said hotel manager Kiaran MacDonald.

Monet only used pastels to paint Waterloo Bridge because his oil paints, brushes and canvases did not arrive on time.

He wrote to his wife Alice, saying he had resorted to working at "many pastels".

His materials arrived a week later and wrote to Alice: "It is thanks to my promptly-made pastels that I saw what I had to do."

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