Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Chirk Aqueduct in Course of Construction

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 170 x 266 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01391
Turner Bequest XXXIX 36

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, the aqueduct is that at Chirk, whose arches are round-headed, as are those shown here. Thomas Telford’s other aqueduct in the region, the Pontcysyllte, has segmental-headed arches; Turner made a drawing of it on folio 40 recto (D01393; Turner Bequest XXXIX 38). The Chirk aqueduct was built in 1796–1801 by Telford and William Jessop to carry the Shropshire Union Canal, a branch of the Ellesmere Canal, and Turner shows it in course of construction. It consists of ten arches each spanning 12 metres (40 feet).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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