Joseph Mallord William Turner Prebends’ Bridge and the Watergate, Durham 1817

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Prebends’ Bridge and the Watergate, Durham
From Durham, North Shore, Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLVII
Date 1817
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 116 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12330
Turner Bequest CLVII 10
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Catalogue entry

Turner’s viewpoint is the wooded slopes across the River Wear from Durham Cathedral, looking south-east. In the trees to the left of the distant bridge is the arch of the Watergate on South Bailey; a small figure is indicated among the trees on the right. The foliage and skyline of buildings on the left continue a little way onto folio 9 verso opposite (D12329). The bridge and arch also appear on folio 7 recto (D12326), and 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.

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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