This is one of several sketches that Turner made in Manchester near Blackfriar’s Bridge and the collegiate church (later cathedral) (see folio 34; D25702). The bridge over the River Irwell is recognisable by the Doric arches on its piers, and the view is similar to an engraving by James Parry, Black Friar’s Bridge, Manchester, 1821 (Manchester City Art Galleries) where a church tower (perhaps St Mary’s) with a steeple can also be seen in the distance.1 The same church may be depicted on folio 37 (D25708). To the left are a cluster of factories of cotton mills.
Another almost identical composition by William Westall was engraved by Edward Finden and published by Charles Tilt for Great Britain Illustrated, 1830.
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