Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Dove Aqueduct and the Trent and Mersey Canal, with a Barge

1808

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 108 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07150
Turner Bequest CVI 15

Catalogue entry

While noting Turner’s inscription referring to the River Dove and giving the sketchbook its title of ‘Derbyshire’, Finberg did not further identify this subject, which clearly depicts the aqueduct that carries the Trent and Mersey Canal across the river near Egginton. Always interested in canals, Turner was now able to see one of the oldest on the English network, dating back to 1777, as he passed through the area south-west of Derby, most probably on his way north-west to Knutsford and Tabley at the outset of his summer tour in 1808; see Introduction to the sketchbook. In his drawing, he indicates various figures, one on horseback, and a barge on the canal.

David Blayney Brown
July 2010

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