Ann Turner, Llangollen Bridge, River Dee, Wales - 1842 watercolour painting

An original 1842 watercolour painting, Ann Turner Llangollen Bridge, River Dee, Wales.

A charming rural scene. Llangollen Bridge, built by Bishop John Trevor in the 14th century, is considered one of the “Seven Wonders of Wales”. The bridge allowed the town to develop on both sides of the river Dee, which flows from Snowdonia through Bala Lake to Chester.

Unsigned. Inscribed verso: "One Arch of Llangollen Bridge, River Dee looking towards the Vicarage, 1842".
There is very minor creasing at the upper left corner, and short repaired tears to the left and upper edges.
29.7cm x 24cm.

This watercolour forms part of a collection of paintings by Ann Turner dating from the 1840s/50s, depicting rural views, rustic scenes, castles, abbeys and bridges, predominantly in the Cheshire and North Wales areas. Very little is known of Ann Turner, but as well as having the means to travel and paint, it appears that she had connections with highly regarded local Chester artist George Pickering (c.1794-1857). Pickering was a drawing master at Chester and later at Birkenhead; Ann Turner was likely a pupil. A number of the watercolours in the collection are after works by Pickering, and one painting is attributed to George Pickering himself. The collection also includes competent copies by Ann Turner after Samuel Prout OWS AA (1783-1852) and Thomas Miles Richardson Senior (1784–1848). There is also an outstanding sepia portrait watercolour of Ann Turner in the collection, clearly painted by a very accomplished hand (see photograph), which we have listed for sale separately.

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Product code: JE-266

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