Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Two-Arched Bridge over a River, with a Large Building on a Hill Beyond

1795–6

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 145 x 236 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00869
Turner Bequest XXXII M

Catalogue entry

The building in the distance resembles the Belvedere at Claremont, near Esher, Surrey, a structure built by Sir John Vanbrugh in the Gothick style for Thomas Pelham, Earl of Clare (Later Duke of Newcastle) in 1717. If this identification is correct – and no exact topographical intention can be certain here – the river in the foreground in is the Mole.
Verso:
Blank; not stamped.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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