Joseph Mallord William Turner

Trees by the River Thames at Barnes, with Hammersmith Bridge Beyond

c.1827

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22454
Turner Bequest CCXL 68 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this sketch appears to show Hammersmith Bridge, its twin supports and curving suspension cables lightly indicated on the right, looking north-west beyond trees on the rural Barnes bank of the River Thames. As discussed under folio 58 verso (D22434), where other Hammersmith views are mentioned, Turner’s studies of the bridge seem to have a rather provisional air, and may show it still under construction before its October 1827 opening.

Matthew Imms
August 2013

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