Joseph Mallord William TurnerWalton Bridge c.1816-19

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Walton Bridge
Date c.1816-19
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 95 x 155 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXL 41
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 47 Recto:
Walton Bridge circa 1816–19
Turner Bequest CXL 41
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 155 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘41’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CXL 41’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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

Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.396 no.824.
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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