Joseph Mallord William Turner

Croyland: The Triangular Bridge

1794

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 × 181 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00241
Turner Bequest XIX 31 a

Catalogue entry

Croyland is usually known as Crowland today. It was visited for its picturesque ruined Abbey, and for this three-arched bridge, supposedly symbolising the Trinity, which is a fourteenth-century structure (with a predecessor perhaps dating to the tenth). Both Abbey and bridge were popular subjects for antiquarian draughtsmen in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Drawings of the Abbey ruins at Crowland are on loose sheets (Tate D00359, D00362; TB XXII F, I). The present drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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