Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bridge and Monument

c.1823–6

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 183 x 276 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17193
Turner Bequest CXCVII C

Display caption

Although traditionally known by the above title, the true subject of this design is open to speculation, particularly when compared to its reproduction in mezzotint (hanging below). Rather than the arch of a bridge, the disc at the right hand of the image could be read as a setting sun reflected on the sea, with the moon behind clouds, a ship's hulk to the left and a coastal monument or lighthouse at the centre.

Gallery label, August 2004

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