Joseph Mallord William Turner

Great Torrington and the Torridge Valley with Taddiport Bridge

1814

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 x 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09570
Turner Bequest CXXXII 83 a

Catalogue entry

The view is west down the valley of the River Torridge, from high on the slopes of Great Torrington Common. The tower at the top right, as seen in other drawings here, appears to be the gazebo or belvedere which still stands beside the bowling green on the site of the medieval castle off Castle Street,1 while Taddiport Bridge is shown far below in the opposite corner.
There is a similar view on folio 84 recto opposite (D09571). For other views of the town on adjacent pages, see under folio 80 recto (D09566).

Matthew Imms
June 2014

1
See Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, Devon, The Buildings of England, revised ed., New Haven and London 2002, p.463.

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