In the foreground is the triple-spanned road bridge near Fazeley which still carries the London-Holyhead road (or Watling Street, now the A5) over the river Tame. Beyond it three lightly-toned verticals and a connecting horizontal represent the Coventry Canal bridge over the Tame, while the L-shaped block of above those verticals clearly signifies the tower and nave of St Editha's Church, Tamworth. Admittedly, Tamworth Castle is not visible, although its tree-covered mound is delineated. However, Turner could easily have elaborated the citadel over the existing area of diffused, dappled colouring.
Gallery label, August 2004
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