Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Road by a River: Sunset

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 229 x 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01344
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 90

Catalogue entry

This drawing is among the most beautiful in the Hereford Court sketchbook, but it is not possible to identify its subject. The scene is a winding road, apparently crossing a river on a low bridge, with a screen of trees beyond which a wide flat plain (or possibly the sea) is visible. There is little to suggest either Wales or the Welsh Marches, but there may be a connection with the inscription on the next sheet as bound now, folio 106 recto (D01248), which suggests that the view may be in Cheshire. Alternatively, the sheet may have been put to use later, when Turner was again in the south-east. The atmosphere of the drawing has much in common with some subjects in the contemporary Wilson sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest XXXVII).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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