Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Thames near Walton Bridge; Crane at Right

1805

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Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 143 x 228 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05851
Turner Bequest XCIV 5

Catalogue entry

For Turner’s views of or near Walton Bridges in this sketchbook, see chiefly note to folio 4 (D05849). Here the main interest is a wooden crane, for loading river lighters. As Hill observes, it was probably used in Turner’s picture Abingdon (Tate N00485),1 for which a drawing appears on the adjacent folio 4 verso (D05850). In the picture it serves to unload timber and building materials, as Hill also suggests for the construction of Abingdon gaol.2

David Blayney Brown
December 2007

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.77 no.107 (pl.114) as ‘Dorchester Mead, Oxfordshire’.
2
Hill 1993, p.137.

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