Joseph Mallord William TurnerPrebends' Bridge and the Watergate, Durham 1817

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Artist
Title
Prebends' Bridge and the Watergate, Durham
From Durham, North Shore, Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLVII
Date 1817
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 116 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12326
Turner Bequest CLVII 7
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 7 Recto:
Prebends’ Bridge and the Watergate, Durham 1817
D12326
Turner Bequest CLVII 7
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 185 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘7’ bottom right (now very faint)
Stamped in black ‘CLVII – 7’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The Georgian bridge is seen to the south-east from the wooded slopes across the River Wear from Durham Cathedral. In the trees to the left is the arch of the Watergate on South Bailey; the foliage on the left continues a little onto folio 6 verso opposite (D40920).The bridge and arch are also visible in the drawing made from further north on folio 10 recto (D12330). There is a similar view in the 1801 Helmsley sketchbook (Tate D02485, D02486; Turner Bequest LIII 16a–17).
This is one of a continuous run of drawings of Durham, beginning on folio 6 recto (D12325) and concluding on folio 14 recto (D12334), with one further sketch on folio 76 verso (D12414). For Turner’s other visits to the city, see the entry for D12325.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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