The view from beneath the bridge is adopted from a composition encountered in several works from this period by Turner and artists in his circle. Rhaidr Gwy Bridge over the River Wye, for instance (National Museum Wales, Cardiff)1 is possibly not by Turner but by Edward Dayes (1763–1804); the view of Warwick Castle from under the bridge (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester)2 may have been in Dr Monro’s collection. A view of the west front of Worcester Cathedral is in the British Museum, London (John Henderson Bequest);3 and a pencil drawing inscribed ‘West Window of Worcester Cathedral’ is in the Pantzer Collection, Indianapolis Museum of Art.
By the time that the Loan Collections were catalogued in 1920 this sheet had been withdrawn, presumably on account of the discoloration that had taken place.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed in a later hand ‘10½ x 8’ and in another hand ‘8’.