Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lancaster Bridge and Castle from the North-East

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
D11588
Turner Bequest CXLVIII 37 a

Catalogue entry

This is the left part of a double-page spread continued to the right on folio 8 recto (D11589; Turner Bequest CXLVIII 38, now bound opposite), recording the view from the left bank of the River Lune looking downstream to Lancaster with Thomas Harrison’s new bridge in the middle distance, and the church and castle beyond. Turner made a preliminary sketch of this view, from slightly further away from the bridge, in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook (Tate D11152; Turner Bequest CXLV 74a). The present writer has dated Turner’s sketches of Lancaster to Thursday 8 August 1816.

David Hill
May 2009

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