Joseph Mallord William Turner

Viator’s Bridge, Milldale, Dovedale

1808

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Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 108 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07233
Turner Bequest CVI 78 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. The identification of this subject was suggested by Eric Shanes.1 Technically, the drawing is uniform with that on folio 85 verso (D07241; Turner Bequest CVI 82a). Turner probably made Dovedale part of his route from the Midlands to Knutsford and Tabley at the beginning of his tour in the summer of 1808; see Introduction to the sketchbook. The river is full of trout, and the medieval packhorse bridge at Milldale had been described by Izaak Walton in The Compleat Angler (1653) and subsequently named after the author’s assumed name of ‘viator’ (traveller).

David Blayney Brown
July 2010

1
In conversation with the author.

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