Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tamworth and the River Tame Bridges from near Fazeley, Staffordshire

c.1830

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Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 357 x 523 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25183
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 61

Display caption

In the foreground is the triple-spanned road bridge near Fazeley which still carries the London-Holyhead road (or Watling Street, now the A5) over the river Tame. Beyond it three lightly-toned verticals and a connecting horizontal represent the Coventry Canal bridge over the Tame, while the L-shaped block of tone above those verticals clearly signifies the tower and nave of St Editha's Church, Tamworth. Admittedly, Tamworth Castle is not visible, although its tree-covered mound is delineated. However, Turner could easily have elaborated the citadel over the existing area of diffused, dappled colouring.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry