Joseph Mallord William Turner Bothal, Northumberland: Two Figures on a Bridge over a Stream 1797

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Bothal, Northumberland: Two Figures on a Bridge over a Stream
From North of England Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XXXIV
Date 1797
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 270 x 210 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00943
Turner Bequest XXXIV 36
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Catalogue entry

The stream in this drawing is probably Brock’s Burn, which flows into the River Wansbeck at Bothal, a small village near Morpeth, Northumberland. Harry Madgwick identifies the little belfry of the Church of St Andrew just visible through the trees in the background, and, in front of it, Glebe Cottage (now School Cottage). The church figures again in Turner’s drawing of Bothal Castle on the following page, folio 39 recto (D00944; Turner Bequest XXXIV 37).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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