This picture was strongly attacked
by the critics when it was first exhibited in 1887, and dismissed by one
as 'either a deliberate daub or so much mere midsummer madness'. Steer
considered giving up painting in the wake of this disapproval. With its
exploitation of the creamy fluency of oil paint, its atmospheric lighting
and subdued colouring, 'The Bridge' is like Whistler's landscapes he called
It was unusual in London at the time for its lack of detail, and for the
uncertainly about its subject. The view is probably at Walberswick in Suffolk.