Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Bend of a River with a Tower on a Wooded Hill at Sunset

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 291 x 455 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01648
Turner Bequest XLI 18 a

Catalogue entry

Despite the context of drawings at St Donat’s, this may be a view on the Wye, either above Chepstow or near Goodrich, with the castle just showing above the woods. For other views possibly of Goodrich in this book see D01662, D01663 and D01671 (Turner Bequest XLI 29, 30, 38). Turner had already drawn Goodrich on his earlier tour of South Wales, in 1795; see the South Wales sketchbook (Tate D00610; Turner Bequest XXVI 56).
The pencil drawing on the other side of the sheet (D01647; Turner Bequest XLI 18) was listed by Finberg as the recto, with this coloured study as the verso. Present practice is to treat the watercolour as the recto, which the blind stamp on this side suggests has long been the case.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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