Joseph Mallord William Turner

Newbridge, Gunnislake, from near the Tavistock Road

?1813

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 181 x 228 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10269
Turner Bequest CXXXVII 45 a

Catalogue entry

There is a similar view, made further up the hill from the bridge, on folio 47 verso (D10267; CXXXVII 44a), under which this setting on the borders of Devon and Cornwall is discussed in more detail. The old Tavistock road runs close by but is hidden by the trees on the left here. The sketch is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation.
The book contains numerous views in and around the Tamar and Tavy valleys between folios 46 verso (D10265; CXXXVII 43a) and 58 verso (D10289; CXXXVII 55a), probably made in the summer of 1813 in conjunction with those in the smaller Devon Rivers, No.1 sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest CXXXII). The latter is covered in the section of the present catalogue specifically devoted to Turner’s 1813 visit to Devon, where further information on Turner’s work in the locality will be found.

Matthew Imms
May 2011

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