Joseph Mallord William Turner

Chester Castle and St Bridget’s Church; the Old Dee 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
D22268
Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 63 a

Catalogue entry

As Ian Warrell has noted, the main view shows Chester Castle.1 On the left, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, is the medieval curtain wall around the inner bailey on the south-west side, above what is now Castle Drive; the rest of the view, encompassing the then recent redevelopment of the site in classical style, runs across folio 64 recto opposite (D22269), under which the subject is explored in more detail; St Bridget’s Church also appears there.
The other half of the page, turned vertically, is occupied by sketches across two registers: below is a view of the Old Dee Bridge (again, as noted by Warrell),2 looking east from below the castle; above to the right is a continuation of the southern end of the bridge, together with some slight architectural and landscape details, presumably recorded nearby. For other views of Chester, see under folio 14 verso (D22176).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

1
Ian Warrell, notes from 1993 and later in Tate catalogue files.
2
Ibid.

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