Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Bridge, Possibly near Otley

?1816

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 179 × 254 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09812
Turner Bequest CXXXIV 20

Catalogue entry

This may be a Yorkshire view as opposed to a Devon one from the earlier 1814 phase of Turner’s use of this sketchbook (see the Introduction), but the reason for Finberg’s unqualified identification of this subject as a ‘Bridge near Otley’,1 the town nearest to Walter Fawkes’s home at Farnley Hall (see under folio 1 verso; D09790) is unclear. It does not show the more substantial medieval bridge on the River Wharfe in Otley itself, and there do not seem to be any likely candidates in the immediate vicinity. The bridge shown here appears to comprise four arches, with three shown clearly and a fourth apparently hidden behind bushes on the left, beyond the leftmost cutwater.
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.381.
Verso:
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Matthew Imms
July 2014

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