The scene is fairly certainly identifiable as Maidenhead railway bridge, across the Thames between Taplow and Maidenhead. The bridge, which was begun on Brunel's design in 1837 and finished in 1839, has two main arches of brick, very wide and flat. The view is to the east, towards London.

The painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1844.

Key facts

Artist dates
1775 - 1851
Full title
Rain, Steam, and Speed - The Great Western Railway
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
91 x 121.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Turner Bequest, 1856
Inventory number
Location in Gallery