- William Havell 1782–1857
- Oil paint on paper on wood
- Support: 276 x 219 mm
- Purchased 1968
William Havell 1782–1857
T01095 CAVERSHAM BRIDGE 1805
Inscribed on verso: ‘Caversham Bridge over the Thames near Reading, Berks. by W. Havell 1805.’
Oil on paper, 10 7/8×8 5/8 (27·6×21·9), laid on panel.
Purchased from Spink & Son Ltd (Grant-in-Aid) 1968.
Coll: ...; F T Sabin, who sold it to Spink & Son Ltd.
Caversham Bridge figures prominently in Havell's work between 1805 and 1812. The Victoria and Albert Museum has a large water-colour of it dated 1805 (no. 766–1894, repr. Adrian Bury, ‘William Havell, 1782–1857’, in The Connoisseur, CXXIV, 1949, p. 107), and five views of the bridge or of other parts of Caversham were among Havell's exhibits at the Society of Painters in Water Colours between 1808 and 1812. The bridge also appears in the collection of aquatints after his drawings, A Series of Picturesque Views of the River Thames, published in 1812. A scrapbook of drawings by Havell sold at Christie's on 22 April 1969 (120) contained what appeared to be a sketch either for T01095 or for one of Havell's water-colours of Caversham Bridge.
The Tate Gallery: Acquisitions 1968-9, London 1969