Joseph Mallord William Turner

Walton Bridge

c.1816–19

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 x 155 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10488
Turner Bequest CXL 41

Catalogue entry

Despite Finberg’s suggestion of Kew, this is James Paine’s Walton Bridge, with its unusual fan-shaped headings to the piers. There are several studies of Walton Bridge in this sketchbook, which might collectively be associated with a fresh investigation of the subject leading eventually to the watercolour (private collection)1 engraved by J.C. Varrall in 1830 for Picturesque Views in England and Wales; see especially notes to folios 48 and 51 (D10490, D10496;Turner Bequest CXL 42, 45). In essence, however, Turner’s watercolour reprised his earlier painting Walton Bridges (National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne).2

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.396 no.824.
2
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.50 no.63 (pl.71).

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