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View of Bristol Cathedral

Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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William James Müller had returned to Bristol in February 1835 after a seven-month sketching tour on the Continent with fellow Bristol artist, George Arthur Fripp. In this painting, he almost seems to set his native city in the clear light and still waters of the Venetian Lagoon. The view is taken from the south bank of the Floating Harbour looking across Canon's Marsh. The truncated west end of the cathedral is clearly seen; its nave was not built until later in the nineteenth century. The trees seen in front lined a rope walk (a long pathway used during the making of ropes).

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery



View of Bristol Cathedral




oil on canvas


H 75.2 x W 135.6 cm

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purchased, 1919

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