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

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

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Walton Bridge: Study for ‘Walton Bridges’ 1805
Turner Bequest XCV 23
Pencil on white wove paper, 259 x 367 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘23’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XCV 23’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A left-hand page from the sketchbook, this leaf must have formed a double-page spread with Tate D05929 Turner Bequest XCV 25, together setting out the composition of the painting Walton Bridges possibly exhibited in Turner’s Gallery in 1806 (the Loyd Collection).1 Variant composition studies, one closer to the picture, also from the sketchbook are Tate D05926; Turner Bequest XCV 22; see note to these for their relationship to contemporary sketches in the Hesperides (2) sketchbook (Tate D05845–D05904; D40637; D41506; Turner Bequest XCIV). Here, Turner has drawn the two bridges with the house and tollbooth on the left; D05929 extends the view to the right to include St Mary’s Church among trees. Both leaves have splashes of oil or paint and thumb or fingerprints indicating use in the studio while Turner was at work on the picture, but there is no reason to suppose that they were not first sketched on the spot.
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.47–8 no.60 (pl.70).
See D40382.

David Blayney Brown
February 2009

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Walton Bridge: Study for ‘Walton Bridges’ 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2009, 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-study-for-walton-bridges-r1129958, accessed 23 January 2018.