Joseph Mallord William Turner

Manchester, Blackfriar’s Bridge

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 59 × 96 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25674
Turner Bequest CCLXV 19

Catalogue entry

This is one several quick sketches that Turner made of the bridges, churches and mills as seen from the River Irwell near the Collegiate Church at Manchester. This view may be looking south-west along the river from the predecessor to Victoria Bridge. The church steeple on the left is seen again in a sketch on folio 37 (D25708) and may be St Mary’s Church, which stood between Deansgate and the River Irwell.1 The church on the right may be Trinity Church on the Salford side the River.

Thomas Ardill
September 2010

1
Joseph Aston, A Picture of Manchester, third edition, Manchester 1826, p.88.

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