Samuel Scott
An Arch of Westminster Bridge c.1750

Artwork details

Samuel Scott c.1702–1772
An Arch of Westminster Bridge
Date c.1750
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1357 x 1638 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1970
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1730

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The arrival of Canaletto in England in 1746 may have stimulated Scott to compete by producing similar views of London scenery, particularly along the Thames.

This work celebrates an important event in the history of London. The bridge, shown near completion, was the first to be built over the Thames in over 600 years. During the eleven years of its construction, it was painted by many artists including Canaletto and Richard Wilson, (whose own view is displayed two paintings to the right). Like Canaletto, Scott has included lively figures, shown here swimming, drinking ale and peeping through the balustrade.

September 2004

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