Joseph Mallord William Turner

Chester and the River Dee from near Grosvenor Bridge

?1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 191 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22274
Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 67

Catalogue entry

The view, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, is north-east across the River Dee to Chester Castle on the right. The viewpoint is the southern approach to Grosvenor Bridge, then under construction, and the prospect is continued to the right to include the Old Dee Bridge on folio 70 recto (D22277; Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 69). Compare the drawing on folio 65 verso (D22272). For other views of Chester, and the history of Grosvenor Bridge, see under folio 14 verso (D22176).
The short pencil mark just below and to the right of the centre is a slight continuation from the church spire on folio 66 recto (D22273), half of which must have already been torn when Turner made the drawing.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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