This vista looks south down the River Maine as it passes through Angers, with the ruins of the Pont des Treilles on the left-hand side of the scene and the Canal des Tanneries on the right. Turner specialist Ian Warrell has pointed out that Turner’s emphasis is on the labourers at the centre of the composition, who appear to be breaking up the bridge’s remaining masonry.1 The pencil sketch over which this colour study is built up may have been taken on the spot. 2 See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of the city.
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘CCLIX . 94’ in the bottom right-hand corner of the page. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCLIX – 94’ in the centre of the page.
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