Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shrewsbury: The Town seen from the River with the New English Bridge in the Foreground

1794

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 216 x 274 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00331
Turner Bequest XXI E

Catalogue entry

A finished watercolour was based on this drawing (private collection).1 It is possible that Turner intended the subject to be engraved in his series for Walker’s Copper-Plate Magazine, several of which are general views of towns. No plate was in fact made of it. Finberg refers to the subject as ‘New Welsh Bridge’. The English Bridge was built between 1768 and 1774 to a design by John Gwynne.
1
Wilton 1979, p.314 no.136, reproduced.
Technical notes:
The sheet is slightly irregular, with the top edge sloping down to the right.
Verso:
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Mr Lyte’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed in a later hand ‘4’. For ‘Mr Lyte’ see Tate D00354 and D40238 (Turner Bequest XXII A, Aa verso).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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