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The cast-iron Wearmouth Bridge at Sunderland is viewed looking downstream from the west; for its construction and history, see the entry for folio 3 recto (D12321), which shows it from the opposite direction. There is another version of the present view, but from a lower position on the bank to focus on the industrialised waterfront, on folio 4 recto (D12323), including the funnel-shaped glassworks kiln seen again here on the near side of the bridge below the distant church tower, apparently that of Holy Trinity. An early photograph of the original bridge by a member of the Backhouse family shows much the same view (Tyne & Wear Museums).1
Reproduced at Imagine: Tyne & Wear Collections online, accessed 11 August 2009, http://www
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Finberg is followed by Eric Shanes, Turner’s England 1810–38, London 1990, pp.103, 284 note 75.
Email correspondence with Ian Warrell, 18 June 2008, Tate catalogue files.