Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Valley with a Bridge and Buildings, Possibly Related to ‘Crossing the Brook’ or ‘Apullia in Search of Appullus’

c.1813

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09911
Turner Bequest CXXXV 15

Catalogue entry

This sketch is a slighter variant of the already rather summary ink composition on folio 14 recto (D09910). Both may relate to Turner’s painting Crossing the Brook, exhibited in 1815 (Tate N00497),1 but in the present, more generalised drawing, there is also a sense of another painting, Apullia in Search of Appullus (Tate N00495), exhibited at the British Institution in 1814.2 There is a discussion of the relationship between the paintings and various drawings in the present sketchbook under D09910.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.93–4 no.130, pl.123 (colour).
2
Ibid., pp.91–2 no.128, pl.134.

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