The Bridge of Sighs, Oxford


The bridge is often referred to as the Bridge of Sighs because of its supposed similarity to the better-known Bridge of Sighs in Venice. There is a false legend saying that many decades ago, a survey of the health of students was taken, and as Hertford College’s students were the heaviest, the college closed off the bridge to force them to take the stairs, giving them extra exercise. However, if the bridge is not used, the students actually climb fewer stairs than if they do use the bridge. In any case, it’s a feature of Oxford and a worthy painting from any angle. Whether to include the tourists or not is a consideration, as is whether you pose for photos with the tourists or not. I sometimes think that if I were to lay out my hat, I might get enough coins for lunch at least.

Oil on board

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