Cast Iron Bridge near Coalbrookdale by William Williams

The bridge was paid for largely out of Darby's own money in order to promote cast-iron and his Coalbrookdale Company.


Oil on canvas
86 x 102 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,775 ( Total: £23,100)
Acquired in:
Dreweatt-Neate Fine Art

The painting shows the patron's licence to distort the truth - Williams shows the bridge already in use yet it was not completed until the following year. Furthermore, the atmosphere is fresh and clean yet this stretch of the River was notoriously polluted and industrialised - the small house on the right emitting picturesque puffs of smoke was in fact a leading smelting factory and surrounded by brick and tile works.


Commissioned by Abraham Darby III; ...; Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners.

Venue details

Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron Coalbrookdale, TELFORD Shropshire TF8 7DQ 01952 433 424

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £8.10)

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