Joseph Mallord William Turner

Brecon: The Castle and Bridge

1795

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 203 x 264 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00653
Turner Bequest XXVI 91

Catalogue entry

This sheet belongs with the Welsh drawings of 1795; Finberg suggested that it is the missing folio 42 he noted in 19091 (see the concordance in the sketchbook’s introduction). A finished watercolour of the subject executed about 1797, perhaps as a pupil’s copy drawing, was known to Finberg; it was acquired by him for stock at the Cotswold Gallery, 1922 and bought by H.F. Tomalin. Its current whereabouts is unknown;2 Yardley suggests that the watercolour is based on a study originally in the Hereford Court sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest XXXVIII), and now in Manchester Art Gallery (1917.92);3 this has been thought to be a student’s copy, and if so will have been made from the Cotswold Gallery watercolour; but it clearly relates to the present drawing.
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.51, XXVI 42, as ‘Missing’.
2
See Yardley 1985, p.60.
3
Nugent and Croal 1997, p.27 no. 6, reproduced in colour.
Technical notes:
The sheet is discoloured from prolonged exposure.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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