Joseph Mallord William Turner

Landscape, with Bridge

1821–2

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17663
Turner Bequest CC 87 a

Catalogue entry

This slight sketch, made with the book inverted, belongs to a small series of composition studies that combine Claudian prototypes with French scenery, both sketched during a visit to France in 1821. A possible prototype for this study, which contains a similar arched bridge, is Claude Lorrain’s painting, Landscape with Rural Dance, 1639 (Louvre, Paris) which Turner copied in the Dieppe, Rouen and Paris sketchbook (Tate D24561; CCLVIII 32a).1 The sketch may also relate to studies on folios 89 and 90 verso (D17666, D13669) which contain similar looking bridges.
A tear has been repaired at the top right of the page.

Thomas Ardill
November 2008

1
Ian Warrell, Blandine Chavanne and Michael Kitson, Turner et le Lorrain, exhibition catalogue, Musée des beaux-arts, Nancy 2002, pp.120, 193.

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