Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hampton Court Bridge, with a Thames Barge

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: 110 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20793
Turner Bequest CCXXVII 38

Catalogue entry

The drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. It is a rougher version of the view on folio 42 verso (D20798; Turner Bequest CCXXVII 40a), under which the subject is discussed.
Technical notes:
Turner has utilised the fortuitously dark area of the grey wash with which the paper had been prepared (like all the rectos in this sketchbook), using heavy tonal pencil hatching to emphasise the sense of the shadowy structure of the bridge. Towards the bottom right a contrastingly delicate horizontal line of rippling reflection has been scratched through the ground to expose the white paper, and isolated small areas have been rubbed or scratched out to give variety to the loosely indicated boats and figures below.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

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