Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bristol: Shipping at a Wharf, with Buildings Beyond

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 x 125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01701
Turner Bequest XLII 26

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 14 recto opposite (D01702; Turner Bequest XLII 27). The inscription at top right of that page confirms the evidence of the two stumpy towers visible beyond the shipping at the right, one of which may be the tower of St Mary Redcliffe Church, the other a large kiln. Both kiln and church tower appear in a watercolour of about 1802 by John Sell Cotman (1782–1842), St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol: Dawn (British Museum, London, 1859–528–117).1
Another view of shipping at Bristol is on folios 14 verso–15 recto (D01703–D01704; Turner Bequest XLII 28–29).

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

1
Andrew Wilton and Anne Lyles, The Great Age of British Watercolours, 1750–1880, exhibition catalogue, Royal Academy of Arts, London 1993, p.301 no.38, pl.42 (colour).

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