Joseph Mallord William Turner

Blenheim Palace and the Grand Bridge

1830

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 120 x 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D21993
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 11 a

Catalogue entry

This is a more detailed treatment, from a similar viewpoint, of the sketch on folios 10 verso–11 recto (D21991, D21992). On the far left, in summary outline, is the Woodstock Gate, with Blenheim Palace to the south, beyond the wooded slopes around Queen Pool. The subject continues across folio 12 recto opposite (D21994), with the Grand Bridge among trees to the south-west. Of the views of the park beginning on folio 4 verso (D21981), Andrew Wilton and Eric Shanes have related the present double-page study to Turner’s subsequent watercolour (see under folio 12 verso; D21995).1
For other views of Blenheim, see under folio 2 verso (D21978).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Wilton 1979, p.399 under no.846, as CCXXXVIII ‘pp. 11–12’; Shanes 1979, p.156.

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