Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Banks of the River Thames at Barnes, with Hammersmith Bridge in the Distance

c.1827

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22448
Turner Bequest CCXL 65 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this sketch includes the towers and cables of Hammersmith Bridge in the distance, presumably seen from the rural south bank of the River Thames at Barnes as in adjacent drawings. As discussed under folio 58 verso (D22434), where other Hammersmith views are mentioned, Turner’s studies of the bridge seem to have a rather provisional air, and may show it still under construction before its October 1827 opening. The shaded structure in the foreground is carefully observed but not readily identifiable.

Matthew Imms
August 2013

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