Bedford, BedfordshireArtist(s)Joseph Mallord William TurnerArtist NationalityBritish (modern)Object Creation Date1829-1830Medium & Supportwatercolor with bodycolor, stopping-out and scraping on paper Dimensions
13 3/4 in x 19 1/4 in (34.92 cm x 48.89 cm)Subject matter
The painting depicts the river Ouse near London, a bridge (constructed 1811-13), St. Paul's Cathedral, and the Swan Inn in the distance. Two groups of figures are shown fishing and boating.Physical Description
A river cuts through the middle of the composition, leading under a bridge in the background to the rising skyline of a city, with a church spire rising most prominently. In the left foreground, two men prepare to fish; in the right foreground, several boats are about to collide.Primary Object Classification Painting Primary Object TypecityscapeCollection AreaWesternRights
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bridges (built works)
water (inorganic material)