Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Distant View of Barnstaple

1814

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 x 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09548
Turner Bequest CXXXII 64

Catalogue entry

Framed by a house and trees in the left foreground and a church tower in the middle distance to the right, this rather faint drawing may show Barnstaple in the distance, where there is a bridge with numerous arches on the River Taw, although the viewpoint is yet to be established. Finberg suggested nearby Bideford as the subject,1 but this is probably by association with folio 66 recto (D09550), which he misidentified as Bideford, whereas the subject there is definitely Barnstaple. For Bideford views, see under folio 79 recto (D09564), and for others of Barnstaple, see under D09550.
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.374.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
June 2014

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