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
D25705
Turner Bequest CCLXV 35 a

Catalogue entry

This is one of several sketches in this book of the bridges and mills on the River Irwell at Manchester. This may be Blackfriar’s Bridge, though the absence of the Doric piers suggests it could be the old bridge that was later replaced with Victoria Bridge near Manchester Cathedral. Beyond the bridge are a jumble of factories and mills and the tower of a church that can be seen in several of Turner’s other sketches; see folio 34 verso (D25703) for references.

Thomas Ardill
September 2011

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