'Eashing Bridge, Surrey', photograph by Benjamin Brecknell Turner

'Eashing Bridge, Surrey', photograph by Benjamin Brecknell Turner

Benjamin Brecknell Turner
'Eashing Bridge, Surrey'
1852-1854
England
Albumen print from paper negative
Museum no. PH.32-1982
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Eashing Bridge is a medieval double bridge spanning the river Wey. It is the best of a series of bridges on the river between Farnham and Guildford that were probably built by the monks of nearby Waverley Abbey in the 13th century. Turner's view shows the rise of the bridge where it springs just before the riverbank. Although part of the reason for photographing this site must have been its historical renown, Turner showed that his interest was not entirely on the structure but on its context, specifically the intricate patterns of the screen of trees. This is one of Turner's most deliberately two-dimensional pictures where the flat patterning filling the frame holds the interest