Joseph Mallord William Turner

The River Thames and Shillingford Bridge from the East, with Dorchester Abbey in the Distance to the Right; Wittenham Clumps above the Hotel to the Left

1805

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 259 x 370 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05944
Turner Bequest XCV 40

Catalogue entry

This is a right-hand page from the sketchbook, and one of two drawings from it depicting Shillingford Bridge from opposite directions; the eastward view is Tate D05934; Turner Bequest XCV 30. As Hill observes, staining and marking of the paper suggests that the two were originally adjacent with the present leaf coming first. It is the more detailed, as ‘time-consuming as any made on this tour’.1 It looks west to the wooden bridge built in 1786, with the inn now the Shillingford Bridge Hotel on the left and behind it the Sinodun Hills and Wittenham Clumps, and Dorchester Abbey in the middle distance on the right. Shillingford seems to have been an evening stop on Turner’s tour and the view looks into the evening sun, seen low in the sky above the inn in the north-west, confirming midsummer, as Hill notes.2
1
Hill 1993, p.111.
2
Ibid., p.171.
Verso:
Blank. Laid down.

David Blayney Brown
February 2009

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