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Turner made several perspective views of Robert Adam’s Pulteney Bridge, Bath (built 1770) in connection with his lectures as Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy. This one of the north side of the bridge, based on an aquatint etching of ‘Pulteney Bridge from the Road’ by the younger Thomas Malton (1748–1804), was traced to make the guiding lines of two incomplete works (Tate D17082; Turner Bequest CXCV 112 and D40007). Maurice Davies suggests that Turner may have left the drawings unfinished because they were too small for showing during his lectures.1 See Diagrams 58 and 59 (Tate D 17083, D17084; Turner Bequest CXCV 113, 114) for the final versions.
Davies 1992, p.58.
Currently laid down, but with indications of Turner’s transfer process and an inscription by an unknown hand ‘Mr Landseer | [...] Sketches’ centre right visible through mount.
Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation
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