Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Wooden Bridge with Thatched Rural Buildings Beyond, Probably in North Devon

1814

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 x 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09542
Turner Bequest CXXXII 59

Catalogue entry

This scene, with a precarious wooden footbridge and thatched cottages or farm buildings beyond, is unidentified, but probably in north Devon from its context in the sketchbook. It may be somewhere north-east of Okehampton (see under folio 43 recto; D09526), as (North) Tawton, about eight miles in that direction, appears to be mentioned on folio 59a (D09543). There seems to be a more substantial bridge in the distance on the right, and the slight drawing on the verso (D09543) may show a different aspect of the same scene.
The building on folio 52 recto (D09535) appears similar, but this may be fortuitous.

Matthew Imms
June 2014

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