Joseph Mallord William Turner Cassiobury Park, Watford, from Iron Bridge Lock on the Grand Union Canal 1809

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Title
Cassiobury Park, Watford, from Iron Bridge Lock on the Grand Union Canal
From Kirkstall Lock Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLV
Date 1809
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 186 x 231 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12246
Turner Bequest CLV 5 a
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Catalogue entry

This is a view of Cassiobury Park, near Watford, from the north-west, at Iron Bridge Lock on the Grand Union Canal. The lower lock gate is in the left foreground and the bridge (actually of brick) is to the right. Turner sketched the same scene on the recto (D12245; Turner Bequest CLV 5; see catalogue note for the subject and related work), but from a few yards nearer the canal and without the figures and horses. For the canal, see note to D12241; Turner Bequest CLV 2.
The inscription, lower left, refers to the original order of the pages. The majority of pages in this sketchbook are similarly inscribed (for the significance of this see notes to D12241, D12244; Turner Bequest CLV 2, 4a). The inscription in this case additionally tells us that at the time when the original schedule of the Bequest was drawn up, one page between this and the original page 12(D12247; Turner Bequest CLV 6) had already been removed [‘cut out’]. This must presumably be identifiable with one of the few leaves that are not inscribed in this manner.

David Hill
June 2009

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