Joseph Mallord William Turner

Trees by the River Thames at Barnes, with Hammersmith Bridge in the Distance; Buildings beyond a Canal Bridge, Possibly in the Midlands

c.1827–30

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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
D22450
Turner Bequest CCXL 66 a

Catalogue entry

There are two sketches here, both of which extend across folio 67 recto opposite (D22451). Below, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, is a view of the wooded banks of the River Thames with Hammersmith Bridge in the distance to the north-west. 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.
Above, made with the pages turned the other way up, is a view of a bridge with at least three arches, with various buildings beyond, including what may be a church tower with a cupola (on the other page). Turner indicates that the foreground is a ‘Canal’, and it is possible that this is a later study, made on the 1830 tour of the Midlands for which Turner used most of the rest of this sketchbook.

Matthew Imms
August 2013

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