Joseph Mallord William Turner

?An Arcaded Bridge across a Stream or River among Trees

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 170 x 266 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01416
Turner Bequest XXXIX 59 v

Catalogue entry

Finberg’s suggestion that this drawing, made with the page turned horizontally, represents ‘a bridge or aqueduct’ in the ‘Vale of Llangollen’1 obviously refers to the Pontcysyllte, which Turner drew on folio 40 recto (Tate D01393; Turner Bequest XXXIX 38). But this ignores the scale of the surrounding trees, which indicates that the arcaded structure in the centre of this view is an ornamental bridge or other feature of a private estate.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.91.

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