Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hammersmith Bridge from Barnes

c.1827

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22445
Turner Bequest CCXL 64

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this slight view continues on folio 63 verso opposite (D22444). It shows Hammersmith Bridge through trees on the Barnes bank of the River Thames, looking north-west to the waterfront at Hammersmith (on the other page). As discussed under folio 58 verso (D22434), where other Hammersmith views are mentioned, Turner’s studies of the bridge seem to have a rather provisional air, and may show it still under construction before its October 1827 opening.

Matthew Imms
August 2013

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