Joseph Mallord William Turner

Manchester, Blackfriars 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
D25706
Turner Bequest CCLXV 36

Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts cotton mills on the banks of the River Irwell at Manchester. The bridge at the right of the sketch is probably Blackfriar’s, which stands near to Manchester Cathedral (in Turner’s day, the Collegiate Church; folio 34; D25702). The church towers beyond may be those on the Salford side of the river, perhaps Trinity Church, and St Stephens. For further sketches made around this point, see folio 34 verso (D25703).
This sketch was reproduced in Gerald Wilkinson’s book, Turner’s Colour Sketches 1820–34,1 but is identified here for the first time.

Thomas Ardill
September 2011

1
Wilkinson 1975, p.67 reproduced.

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