Joseph Mallord William Turner

Grisedale Bridge, Looking North towards Ullswater

1797

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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
D01081
Turner Bequest XXXV 79

Catalogue entry

A view of the bridge from the other side is on the preceding leaf, folio 60 recto (D01048; Turner Bequest XXXV 46). Drawn with the page turned horizontally, the hills at the left are Glenridding Screes and, beyond, Sheffield Pike. Turner scholar David Hill suggests that the colour washes record an effect of light observed by Turner at the beginning of the day, and points out the travellers on the road who may be on their way to market or a day’s work in Ambleside or Kirkstone.
Technical notes:
The leaf is discoloured from exposure, except where formerly protected by a mount; the bottom right corner has been torn and repaired.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by Turner in brown ink ‘128’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

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