Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hewick Bridge, Ripon

1816

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 97 x 154 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10931
Turner Bequest CXLIV 34 a

Catalogue entry

Hewick Bridge carries the Boroughbridge road across the River Ure about a mile east of Ripon, near the racecourse, and survives much as Turner sketched it here. The tower in the fields beyond, however, is somewhat mysterious; nor is it altogether obvious whether Turner is looking north or south. There is nothing marked on the first (1856) Ordnance Survey in either direction that would offer any clue. Turner’s inscription ‘Ale’ is also puzzling unless it describes the colour of the river water.

David Hill
January 2009

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