Joseph Mallord William Turner

Polson Bridge, near Launceston

1814

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 179 x 254 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09825
Turner Bequest CXXXIV 33

Catalogue entry

Polson Bridge is about a mile and a half east of Launceston on the River Tamar. The rather makeshift-looking bridge is here seen from the west. It has since been replaced but the original structure is shown in Joseph Farington’s 1813 engraving Poulton Bridge and Launceston (impression: Government Art Collection, London), which corresponds with the view from the other side, looking towards Launceston, on folio 78 recto (D09826; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 34).
The bridge is mentioned in a note in the contemporary Devon Rivers, No.2 sketchbook (Tate D09732; Turner Bequest CXXXIII 51a). For closer views of Launceston Castle and the surrounding town, see under folio 70 recto (D09873; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 72).
Verso:
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Matthew Imms
July 2014

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