Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Pfaffensprung and Gorge of the River Reuss

1802

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 201 x 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04732
Turner Bequest LXXVI 72

Catalogue entry

The single arch of the Pfaffensprung or ‘Priests’ Leap’, otherwise known as the Little Devil’s Bridge, spans the Reuss near Wassen; Turner crossed it to reach the village, and made three drawings, the others being folio 73 in this sketchbook (D04733) and the larger one in his St Gothard and Mont Blanc sketchbook (Tate D04628; Turner Bequest LXXV 36). From these, he later developed his design (Tate D08123; Turner Bequest CXVI V) for the plate Little Devil’s Bridge in the Liber Studiorum.
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David Blayney Brown
March 2004

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