David Hill speculates that Turner stayed in Durham for about three days. The majority of his drawings there are in the Tweed and Lakes sketchbook (Tate D01013–D01018; Turner Bequest XXXV 10–15), as he evidently wished to take advantage of the larger sheet size to convey his response, in particular, to the great Norman cathedral.
Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this study of the eastern end of Elvet Bridge, built over the River Wear in the thirteenth century, is the only Durham subject in the North of England sketchbook. It was a popular subject with picturesque topographers such as Thomas Hearne (1744–1817), whose view of it is in the British Museum, London (1859–5–28–207).1 The western part of the bridge is recorded in the Tweed and Lakes book (Tate D01017; Turner Bequest XXXV 14).2
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.