Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Coach Crossing a Two-Arched Bridge, with a Weeping Willow

?1796

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 226 x 288 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00860
Turner Bequest XXXII D

Catalogue entry

The predominantly grey tonality of the drawing is characteristic of this series, though Turner has used a limited range of colours as well. The combination of water, bridge, clumped foliage and distant hill is typical, though the weeping willow is unusual, presenting as it does special technical problems. The coach crossing the bridge is a characteristically lively Turnerian invention.
The inscription on the verso (D40056) is helpful in confirming that this is a representative example of Turner’s style as a teacher.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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