Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tracing of a Perspective Construction of Pulteney Bridge, Bath

c.1810

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Tracing on paper
Dimensions
Support: 560 x 760 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17082
Turner Bequest CXCV 112

Catalogue entry

This tracing was made from a perspective study of the north side of Robert Adam’s Pulteney Bridge, Bath (Tate D17081; Turner Bequest CXCV 111), drawn in connection with Turner’s lectures as Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy. Turner based his drawing on an aquatint of ‘Pulteney Bridge from the Road’ by the younger Thomas Malton (1748–1804). There is another, incomplete tracing of the subject on the verso (D40007). Maurice Davies suggests that Turner may have left this series of drawings unfinished because they would be too small for lecturing.1 See Diagrams 58 and 59 (Tate D17083, D17084; Turner Bequest CXCV 113, 114) for the final versions.
1
Davies 1992, p.108 note 6.
Technical notes:
Peter Bower (unpublished notes)1 writes that the sheet is Imperial size paper made by John Hayes and John Wise, at Padsole Mill, Maidstone, Kent.
1
Notes in Tate catalogue files.
Verso:
See Tate D40007.

Andrea Fredericksen
June 2004

Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Revised by David Blayney Brown
January 2012

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