Joseph Mallord William Turner

Crambe Beck Bridge, on the Road between Malton and York

c.1816–18

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 116 x 182 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11969
Turner Bequest CLI 16

Catalogue entry

Identified by Finberg as an aqueduct, Turner’s subject here in fact records the still functioning viaduct carrying the main York to Malton road across the steep valley of Crambe Beck. The bridge was built in 1785 to the designs of John Carr of York. In 1805, more than a decade before Turner’s visit, it had been painted by John Sell Cotman in a famous watercolour sometimes known as ‘Chirk Aqueduct’ (Victoria and Albert Museum, London).1
Turner sketched the viaduct inside the back cover of this sketchbook (D40711) and it was the first subject in The Aqueduct sketchbook (Tate D11976; Turner Bequest CLII 2).
A small piece missing from the bottom right of this leaf has been repaired.
1
This title is challenged by Hill 2005, p.93.
Verso:
Blank

David Hill
September 2008

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