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London: Westminster Bridge (The Thames, Westminster Bridge under Construction)
Philadelphia Museum of Art: The John Howard McFadden Collection, 1928
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
London: Westminster Bridge (The Thames, Westminster Bridge under Construction)
1745
Oil on canvas
81.6 x 137.2 cm
32 1/8 x 54 in.
M1928-1-43
P10A
In comparison with the P10 Tate, London painting, this work shows an additional arch. The five arches towards the right still retain their wooden centering.
London, BI 1847 (100), lent Revd. H. Palmer
Robert Palmer (d.1787); by descent to 1916; John Howard; McFadden collection, Philadelphia; Philadelphia Museum, 1928
Signed and dated: R. Wilson / 1745
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C. Labelye, Description of Westminster Bridge, 1751; Roberts, Connoisseur, January 1919, pp. 6-7, repr.; WGC, p. 180 pl. 44a; Solkin 1982, pp. 146-47 under cat. 5
The architect of the bridge, Charles Labelye, named the 21 July 1746 as the date when the last arch was keyed, making the bridge passable for pedestrians and horses (C. Labelye, Description of Westminster Bridge, 1751).
Constable noted that the signature lay in the original paint film but that the date might have been repainted or reinforced. In 1982, Solkin noted that the painting was much damaged.