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View on the Avon at Hotwells

Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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Brunel's suspension bridge was not complete when this view was painted. Building works took place from 1836 to 1843, and then the money ran out. Rather than being enhanced by an elegant bridge, Bristol's magnificent gorge was in fact spoilt by two gaunt towers. It was eventually finished in 1864. The artist knew this scene well as the street where he lived, Freeland Place, is included and there is lively detail such as the boatload of turtles by the pier and a man carrying one on his head.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Bristol


Date

c.1840

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 62.9 x W 101.6 cm

Accession number

K4

Acquisition method

purchased, 1903

Work type

Painting


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