Ann Turner, Menai Suspension Bridge from Beaumaris -Mid-19th-century watercolour




An original mid-19th-century watercolour painting, Ann Turner Menai Suspension Bridge from Beaumaris, Anglesey.

A very attractive view from Beaumaris in Anglesey looking towards the Menai Suspension Bridge. On the verso is pasted small engraving depicting both the suspension bridge and the Britannia Tubular across the Menai Strait (which was rebuilt following a fire in 1970.

Unsigned. Inscribed verso at the upper right: "From Beaumaris" and above the engraving: "From Mary Ellen Worthington, Dec 1856".
There is minor creasing towards the corners of the sheet, and a short repaired tear to the left edge. Minor foxing as shown.
21.9cm x 34.8cm.
Unframed.

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-267


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