Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rhayader Gwy Bridge over the River Wye

?1795

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Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 331 x 443 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00705
Turner Bequest XXVIII T

Catalogue entry

This watercolour is apparently a copy or adaptation of a drawing now in the National Museum Wales, Cardiff,1 which, although it bears Turner’s signature, is more probably the work of Edward Dayes (1763–1804). It demonstrates the considerably more sophisticated artistry that Turner could already deploy in handling such Picturesque subjects. The lively invention of appropriate figures is particularly noteworthy.
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.310 no.81, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank; not stamped; stained and creased; a tear measuring approximately 45 mm at top right edge has been repaired.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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