Joseph Mallord William Turner

Chester and the River Dee from the East


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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 62 a

Catalogue entry

This prospect, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, was identified as ‘all Chester’ 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 where the subject had rather discursively been suggested as Shrewsbury (see under folio 12 verso; D22172), or even Durham, a Turner subject on other occasions. As Ian Warrell has noted, Grosvenor Bridge is in the distance,2 to the west down the River Dee beyond the Old Dee Bridge and Chester Castle on the opposite bank. The viewpoint is in the neighbourhood of the later Victoria Crescent. Compare the sketch from a lower position on folio 63 recto opposite (D22267).
For other views of Chester, see under folio 14 verso (D22176).

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.
Ian Warrell, notes from 1993 and later in Tate catalogue files.

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