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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Walton Bridge from Downstream: Study for 'Walton Bridges' 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Verso:
Walton Bridge from Downstream: Study for ‘Walton Bridges’ 1805
Turner Bequest XCIV 5a
Pen and ink on white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 143 x 228 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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

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

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Walton Bridge from Downstream: Study for ‘Walton Bridges’ 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-walton-bridge-from-downstream-study-for-walton-bridges-r1130075, accessed 25 June 2018.