Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bridges in a Valley, Probably on the Moors near Bowes

1817

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 116 × 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12366
Turner Bequest CLVII 33

Catalogue entry

This one of a sequence of mostly unidentified landscape sketches running from folio 27 verso (D12355) to the present page, with a further two on folio 50 recto (D12384) and folios 51 verso–52 recto (D12386, D12387). As discussed in the entry for folio 27 verso, they are likely to show scenes on the moors and hills around Bowes, south-west of Barnard Castle.
There is a narrow bridge in the right foreground with what may be foliage beyond, and another bridge lightly indicated on the left. Further up the valley, below two distant peaks, is a small building. Although Finberg brackets this page with folio 32 verso opposite (D12365), the latter is actually blank, save for a very slight, probably accidental, pencil stroke well away from the present drawing.

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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