Joseph Mallord William TurnerA Two-Arched Bridge over a River, with a Large Building on a Hill Beyond 1795-6

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Artist
Title
A Two-Arched Bridge over a River, with a Large Building on a Hill Beyond
Date 1795-6
MediumWatercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 145 x 236 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00869
Turner Bequest XXXII M
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Two-Arched Bridge over a River, with a Large Building on a Hill Beyond 1795–6
D00869
Turner Bequest XXXII M
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 145 x 236 mm
Stamped in black ‘XXXII M’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The building in the distance resembles the Belvedere at Claremont, near Esher, Surrey, a structure built by Sir John Vanbrugh in the Gothick style for Thomas Pelham, Earl of Clare (Later Duke of Newcastle) in 1717. If this identification is correct – and no exact topographical intention can be certain here – the river in the foreground in is the Mole.
Verso:
Blank; not stamped.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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