Eric Shanes has identified the two variant sketches as showing Tamworth from the south, relating them to a watercolour study (Tate D25183; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 61) which he proposes as an undeveloped design for Turner’s Picturesque Views in England and Wales.1 For Turner’s England and Wales watercolour and other views of the town, see under folio 52 verso (D22072; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 51c).
As described by Shanes, the sketches here show the three arches of the River Tame bridge carrying the old main road (Watling Street) west to Fazeley, with the aqueduct carrying the Coventry Canal over the river beyond; on the horizon of each is the outline of St Editha’s Church, with Tamworth Castle a little to its west. Other details were not incorporated in the broad colour study. A separate sketch of the bridge, made with the page turned vertically, is at the bottom left;2 the valley beyond is now obscured by trees. There is a sketch with the aqueduct in the foreground on folio 54 verso (D22076; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 53a).
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