Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh by Telemaco Signorini A5 postcard

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21 x 14.8 cm

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A5 (21 x 14.8 cm) single postcard featuring Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh by Telemaco Signorini part of the National Galleries of Scotland Collection.

This vibrant little painting shows the view looking south across the recently constructed bridge spanning Edinburgh’s main railway station. Plumes of vapour rise from the steam engines below and various businesses are identified by the signage on their façades. The distinctive spire of St Giles’ Cathedral is silhouetted against an overcast sky at the top.

This work was painted during his month-long visit to Edinburgh in the summer of 1881. His journal records that he painted on Waverley Bridge on six occasions, so it is highly likely that this view was executed on the spot. With its colourful cast of characters, this is a bustling image of modern urban life reminiscent of Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894), and the only surprise is that we are in Edinburgh rather than Paris.

Telemaco Signorini (August 18, 1835 – February 10, 1901) was an Italian artist who belonged to the group known as the Macchiaioli. Signorini was the most talented and cosmopolitan of this pioneering group of mid-19th-century Italian realist painters.