THE BOAT RACE (1895), FROM BARNES BRIDGE.
As a general rule, the result of the Oxford and Cambridge boat race is a foregone conclusion by the time that the rival eights have reached Barnes, which is always more thronged than any other place along the course. Our view is taken from the London and South-Western railway bridge, to which the public are admitted on payment, and it shows the Oxford crew with a comfortable lead. The racing boats are closely followed by the umpire's launch, whence proceeds the smoke obstructing the view of those on the Press boat and on the Varsity steamers. The building with the tower, to the right, was formerly the country house of the Lyric Club and the captive balloon owes its elevation to the enterprise of some advertiser.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896