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A View of St. Paul's and Blackfriars Bridge

William Marlow

A View of St. Paul's and Blackfriars Bridge


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ArtistWilliam Marlow (1740-1741)
TitleA View of St. Paul's and Blackfriars Bridge
Datec.1775-1776
MediumOil on canvas
ProvenanceThe Storer Trust; collection of James Blewitt; with Agnew’s Gallery, London; from whom purchased in May 1980
Exhibition'Government Art Collection: At Work', Whitechapel Gallery, London, 3 June to 4 September 2011; 'Revealed: Government Art Collection', Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 17 November 2012 to 24 February 2013 & Ulster Museum, Belfast 15 March to 9 June 2013
Dimensionsheight: 72.00 cm, width: 91.50 cm
Inscriptionsbr
AcquisitionPurchased from Agnew's, May 1980
LocationUK, London, Downing Street
GAC number15028
 

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This is an early view of the very first Blackfriars Bridge from the south side of the Thames, looking east. The Bridge was built between 1760 and 1769, and was consequently still a novelty when Marlow painted this picture of it about eight years later. The Bridge’s proximity to Wren’s monumental St Paul’s Cathedral - which for over three centuries dominated the London skyline - made it a popular subject with artists.

William Marlow repeated popular views numerous times, generally with slight alterations on each occasion. He produced at least five paintings of Blackfriars Bridge.

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William Marlow

Landscapist William Marlow was born in London or Southwark. He trained in the studio of marine painter Samuel Scott in Covent Garden (1756-61) and is also thought to have studied at the St Martin’s Lane Academy. Marlow spent his early career travelling around England in search of subjects; painting English country houses and the areas around Twickenham, Richmond, and the lower banks of the Thames. On the advice of the Duchess of Northumberland he travelled to France and Italy (1765-66). He exhibited at the Society of Artists, becoming Vice-President in 1778, and at the Royal Academy. Marlow lived for a time in Leicester Fields (now Leicester Square). His one pupil was John Curtis. In c.1785 he retired to Twickenham, where he died aged 72.