Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Abergavenny Bridge

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 292 x 362 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01669
Turner Bequest XLI 36

Catalogue entry

Turner exhibited a view of Abergavenny bridge, Monmouthshire, clearing up after a showery day at the Royal Academy in 1799; this may be the work now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London,1 or an untraced version.2 Although the composition of this view is not the same as that of the exhibited work, it seems likely that is shows the same distinctive bridge. A sketch of Abergavenny Bridge occurs in the contemporary Dynevor Castle sketchbook (Tate D01496–D01497; Turner Bequest XL 20a–21).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, pp.327–8 no.252, reproduced.
2
Ibid., p.328 no.253.
Technical notes:
The work has faded badly from exposure, except around the edges formerly protected by a mount. It was withdrawn from the Loan Collection in August 1905 because of fading to the indigo pigment in particular.1
1
See Finberg 1909, I, p.99.
Verso:
Blank; possibly inscribed in red ink (the sheet has been backed).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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