Joseph Mallord William Turner

Durham: The Prebend’s Bridge with the Cathedral Beyond

1797

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 274 x 370 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01091
Turner Bequest XXXV 89

Catalogue entry

This drawing, made with the page turned horizontally, is evidence that Turner equipped himself with detailed knowledge of the Prebend’s Bridge, though he did not execute his watercolour view of Durham from the bridge, for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales until the mid-1830s (National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh);1 it was engraved in 1837 (Tate impression: T05101). Then, he incorporated only a fragment of the masonry of the parapet into his composition, establishing a viewpoint but hardly more. See the entry for folio 16 recto (Tate D01014; Turner Bequest XXXV 11).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.402 no.873, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

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