Joseph Mallord William Turner

Manchester, from near 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
D25704
Turner Bequest CCLXV 35

Catalogue entry

Although this sketch appears to be continuous with the drawing on the opposite page of the sketchbook (folio 34 verso; D25703) the two do not appear to show a single view. Instead it may be the view in the opposite direction from the same vantage point. This would make it a view roughly north along the River Irwell from the old bridge that preceded Victoria Bridge near Manchester’s Collegiate Church (now Cathedral). A jumble of vertical lines represent the factories or cotton mills that lined the river at this point. See folio 34 verso for references to similar views elsewhere in the sketchbook.

Thomas Ardill
September 2011

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