J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner Studies of Walton and ?Maidenhead Bridges 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Studies of Walton and ?Maidenhead Bridges 1805
D05926
Turner Bequest XCV 22
Pencil on white wove paper, 259 x 367 mm
Stamped in black ‘XCV 22’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is a left-hand page from the sketchbook; the matching right-hand page is D40382. The top-left drawing is a composition study for the painting Walton Bridges possibly exhibited in Turner’s Gallery in 1806 (the Loyd Collection).1 Alongside it on the right is another variant. These develop sketches of Walton Bridges made probably at the same time in Turner’s Hesperides (2) sketchbook (Tate D05845–D05904; D40637; D41506; Turner Bequest XCIV). See also Tate D05927; Turner Bequest XCV 23 for another drawing from the present sketchbook, also used for the picture but looking like another view made on the spot. Hill suggests Maidenhead Bridge for the third subject on the lower portion of the present leaf, on comparison with a watercolour by John Warwick Smith with Agnew’s, London in 1980, and a view (‘Perhaps Kew Bridge’ according to Finberg) in the later (1823–4) River sketchbook (Tate D17788; Turner Bequest CCIV 11).
1
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.47–8 no.60 (pl.70).
Verso:
Blank. Laid down.

David Blayney Brown
February 2009

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Studies of Walton and ?Maidenhead Bridges 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-studies-of-walton-and-maidenhead-bridges-r1129957, accessed 21 December 2014.