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Crossings, Constructions and Connections: JMW Turner and Bridges Old and New

21 October 2023 to 25 February 2024

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Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life, Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3BX 

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JMW Turner’s magnificent large oil painting, Walton Bridges, takes centre stage in this exhibition which presents portrayals of bridges by Turner and other artists, from Norfolk and beyond.

It also examines the history of bridges in Yarmouth and explores the wider significance of bridges – in reality and imagination, in the past through to the present day.

JMW Turner (1775-1851), Walton Bridges, oil on canvas, ⓒ Norfolk Museums Service

Bridges connect places and people. They may be simple and functional, but they closely reflect the character of the location in which they are built and evolve alongside it. They can be prestigious civic landmarks. The building of a bridge has for centuries been a cause for celebration and pride, both for the place that houses it and the people who design, build and sponsor it.

The same is true today. In Great Yarmouth the building of an important new bridge, the Herring Bridge, has excited great public interest. This contemporary story makes Time and Tide the ideal location for an exhibition that ‘bridges’ the past and the future of the town.

Iron Bridge Shropshire Porcelain Cup, early 19th century, ⓒ Norfolk Museums Service

Walton Bridges, painted by Turner in 1806, was acquired for Norfolk Museums in 2019 with the help of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Art Fund.

We are grateful to BAM Farrans for their support of this exhibition.

Main image: JMW Turner (1775-1851), Walton Bridges, oil on canvas, © Norfolk Museums Service

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Vauxhall Bridge Yarmouth, ⓒ Norfolk Museums Service

Turner’s Walton Bridges: Text and Materials

Read this fascinating blog on the story behind Turner’s early masterpiece

Crossings, Constructions and Connections blog

Find out more about why bridges feature in so many of Turner’s works