The largest art exhibition ever staged at the Museum of London Docklands explores the iconic bridges that have become an integral part of the capital city.
In his sonnet Upon Westminster Bridge, William Wordsworth describes 'a sight so touching in its majesty', as he reflects on the panorama laid out before him. 'Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie, Open unto the fields, and to the sky, All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.'
Inspired by the words of the great poet, Museum of London Docklands embarks on an exploration of London's bridges and how they affect the way people experience the city. Bringing together painting, photography, film and maquettes, the display reveals the unique perspective a bridge can provide, offering views of the capital that would be otherwise impossible from its jumbled mediaeval street layout.
Featured bridges include London, Tower, Hungerford, Blackfriars, Westminster and Millennium, as seen through the eyes of Crispin Hughes, Christopher Nevinson, Christina Broom, James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Giovanni Battista Piranesi.