Joseph Mallord William Turner

Four Sketches; Two of Boats and Two of Walton Bridge

c.1816–19

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 x 155 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10490
Turner Bequest CXL 42

Catalogue entry

Here Turner shows the two portions of Walton Bridge as rebuilt by James Paine. The upper sketch shows a section with its distinctive fan-shaped piers (see also folios 47 and 51 (D10488, D10496; Turner Bequest CXL 41, 45) and white stone trim, noticed in Turner’s colour notes. The bridge underneath is the other section with its irregular arches. Collectively the studies of Walton Bridge in this sketchbook might be associated with the watercolour (private collection)1 ngraved by J.C. Varrall in 1830 for Picturesque Views in England and Wales.

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.396 no.824.

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