J. M. W. Turner - Rain Steam and Speed,
The Great Western Railway 1844

Rain Steam and Speed, The Great Western Railway 1844
Rain Steam and Speed, The Great Western Railway
1844 121x90cm oil/canvas
National Gallery, London, UK

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From National Gallery, London:
The scene is fairly certainly identifiable as Maidenhead railway bridge, across the Thames between Taplow and Maidenhead. The bridge, which was begun on Brunel's design in 1837 and finished in 1839, has two main arches of brick, very wide and flat. The view is to the east, towards London. The painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1844.