Joseph Mallord William Turner

Kirkby Lonsdale Bridge

1816

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 173 × 260 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11526
Turner Bequest CXLVIII 4 c

Catalogue entry

Kirkby Lonsdale Bridge spans the River Lune on the main route between Yorkshire and the Lake District, and is one of the finest medieval bridges in Britain. This sketch records the view from downstream (south). Turner took an exceptionally detailed interest in the subject in 1816 and made another large sketch from slightly further to the left on folio 4 recto opposite (D11527; Turner Bequest CXLVIII 5); other sketches in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook (Tate D11128, D11127, D11126; Turner Bequest CXLV 60, 59a, 58); and one from a similar aspect to this in the Yorkshire 4 sketchbook (Tate D11503; Turner Bequest CXLVII 37a). The present writer has dated Turner’s sketches of Kirkby Lonsdale to Friday 9 August and Saturday 10 August 1816.

David Hill
May 2009

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