Nash had no formal art training. He was persuaded by his brother Paul to pursue an artistic career rather than one in journalism. He worked as a painter, book illustrator, and teacher. All his work was founded on a tranquil sense of order, as exemplified by this picture. Apart from being twice appointed an Official War Artist, he lived a simple life in Essex's Stour Valley for nearly 50 years. The Suspension Bridge was demolished in 1929, not long after Nash painted this picture. It crossed the River Avon at Grosvenor, on the eastern edge of Bath. Built around 1830, it was designed by Thomas Shew. He was an art dealer and amateur artist, and apparently, financed the building of the bridge. In 1834, he committed suicide as a result of severe financial problems.
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Victoria Art Gallery
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