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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Thames near Walton Bridge; Crane at Right 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Recto:
The Thames near Walton Bridge; Crane at Right 1805
Turner Bequest XCIV 5
Pen and ink on white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 143 x 228 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘5’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XCIV 5’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For Turner’s views of or near Walton Bridges in this sketchbook, see chiefly note to folio 4 (D05849). Here the main interest is a wooden crane, for loading river lighters. As Hill observes, it was probably used in Turner’s picture Abingdon (Tate N00485),1 for which a drawing appears on the adjacent folio 4 verso (D05850). In the picture it serves to unload timber and building materials, as Hill also suggests for the construction of Abingdon gaol.2

David Blayney Brown
December 2007

Butlin and Joll 1984, p.77 no.107 (pl.114) as ‘Dorchester Mead, Oxfordshire’.
Hill 1993, p.137.

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The Thames near Walton Bridge; Crane at Right 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2007, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-thames-near-walton-bridge-crane-at-right-r1130074, accessed 24 June 2018.