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Joseph Farington, R.A (Lancashire 1747-1821)
Joseph Farington, R.A (Lancashire 1747-1821)

The Old Bridge across the Lune at Lancaster

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Joseph Farington, R.A (Lancashire 1747-1821)
The Old Bridge across the Lune at Lancaster
signed, dated and inscribed 'The Old Bridge at Lancaster. August 4th 1766. Joseph Farrington' (lower left) and with an indistinct inscription (on the verso)
pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour, on paper
7 7/8 x 13 7/8 in. (20 x 35.4 cm.)

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The old medieval bridge at Lancaster fell into disuse only two years after this drawing was executed when a new and much less picturesque crossing was opened upstream at Skerton in 1788. Thomas Girtin made a watercolour of the medieval bridge in around 1797 (Tate Britain, Turner Bequest, CCCLXXIX.16) and another view of it by Edward Dayes was engraved by John Walker for the Copper Plate Magazine of 1 November 1797.

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