Joseph Mallord William Turner

Kirkby Lonsdale Bridge, with a Path and Cattle

1816

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 173 x 260 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11527
Turner Bequest CXLVIII 5

Catalogue entry

Drawn inverted in relation to the main numbered sequence of subjects in this sketchbook, this sketch may record Turner’s first impression of Kirkby Lonsdale Bridge as he scrambled down the right bank of the River Lune to view the structure from downstream. A second sketch on folio 3 verso opposite (D11526; Turner Bequest CXLVIII 4c) shows a slightly more distant view, and he also made preliminary sketches in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook (Tate D11128, D11127; Turner Bequest CXLV 60, 59a).
For Kirkby Lonsdale Bridge see notes to D11526. The present writer has dated Turner’s sketches of Kirkby Lonsdale to Friday 9 August and Saturday 10 August 1816.

David Hill
May 2009

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