Joseph Mallord William Turner

Barges, Laden with Hay, Passing under a Bridge

c.1825

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18617
Turner Bequest CCXII 15

Catalogue entry

This is one of a sequence of twenty-five recto pages of watercolour landscape, sea and sky compositions between folio 9 recto (D18609) and folio 34 recto (D18638), many of which evoke quiet Thames Valley scenes with water in the foreground; for a checklist and general comments, see the sketchbook’s Introduction. In this barely developed subject, a barge laden with hay is seen through the arch of a bridge on the left, with a larger version of the barge alone on the right; compare the similar treatment on folio 14 recto, and another barge in an open river setting on folio 16 recto (D18616, D18618).
Verso:
Blank, save for slight watercolour offsetting from folio 16 recto opposite (D18618).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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