Joseph Mallord William Turner

Chatsworth House beyond the Bridge over the River Derwent, with Queen Mary’s Bower


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 55

Catalogue entry

The subject was identified as ‘Chatsworth’ 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 At the top is a relatively precise study of the bridge over the River Derwent with Chatsworth House in rough outline beyond to the east, with a further small detail of the bridge’s stonework.
Below is a sequence of slight sketches indicating the house, the bridge and Queen Mary’s Bower, a stone platform which stands north of the bridge. The staircase on its south side is indicated on the right, and there is a detail of its balustrade, with its unusual top rail formed of arches rather than a continuous horizontal. For other views of Chatsworth, see under D22231.

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.735; C.F. Bell, undated MS notes in another copy at the same location, vol.II, p.735; subject confirmed by Ian Warrell in notes from 1993 and later in Tate catalogue files.

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