Joseph Mallord William Turner

Walton Bridge from Downstream: Study for ‘Walton Bridges’

1805

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 143 x 228 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05852
Turner Bequest XCIV 5 a

Catalogue entry

For the drawings in this sketchbook made around Walton Bridges see mainly note to folio 4 (D05849). While most, including 4, are associated with the picture of a downstream view, Walton Bridges perhaps exhibited at Turner’s Gallery in 1806 and certainly bought by Sir John Leicester in 1807 (the Loyd Collection),1 the present example served for the upstream version with the same title perhaps shown in the same Gallery the following year and bought by the Earl of Essex (National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne).2 As Hill observes, the shafts of light in the sky, noted here in bursts of pen lines, were developed in the painting. They indicate a time near noon with the sun high in the sky. Also already present in the drawing are the figures and sheep that would occupy its foreground.

David Blayney Brown
December 2007

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.47–8 no.60 (pl.70).
2
Ibid., p.50 no.63 (pl.71).

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