Rain, Steam and Speed, before 1844
Full title: 'Rain, Steam, and Speed - The Great Western Railway'
TURNER, Joseph Mallord William
1775 - 1851
NG538. Turner Bequest, 1856.
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.
Oil on canvas91 x 121.8 cm.