Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bridgnorth: Looking down to the River Severn


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 114 × 191 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 73

Catalogue entry

The subject, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, was identified as ‘Bridgenorth’ (sic) by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) and the watercolour and Turner scholar C.F. Bell (died 1966) in undated manuscript notes in copies of Finberg’s 1909 Inventory.1 It continues across folio 73 verso opposite (D22284; Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 72a). The viewpoint is the hillside above the town’s bridge (on the other page), in the vicinity of Castle Terrace and the later Cliff Railway, with St Leonard’s Church to the north and the hills around High Rock on the opposite bank of the River Severn beyond. For other views of Bridgnorth, see under folio 1 recto (D22151).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

A.J. Finberg, undated MS notes in a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.II, p.736; C.F. Bell, undated MS notes in another copy at the same location, vol.II, p.736; confimed by Ian Warrell in notes from 1993 and later in Tate catalogue files.

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