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Identified by Finberg as an aqueduct, Turner’s subject here in fact records the still functioning viaduct carrying the main York to Malton road across the steep valley of Crambe Beck. The bridge was built in 1785 to the designs of John Carr of York. In 1805, more than a decade before Turner’s visit, it had been painted by John Sell Cotman in a famous watercolour sometimes known as ‘Chirk Aqueduct’ (Victoria and Albert Museum, London).1
A small piece missing from the bottom right of this leaf has been repaired.
This title is challenged by Hill 2005, p.93.