Joseph Mallord William Turner

Masham Bridge, Church and Town

1816

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 154 x 97 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10917
Turner Bequest CXLIV 26 a

Catalogue entry

This is the left half of a double-page spread, continued to the right on folio 27 (D10918), opposite, recording the view from above the left bank of the River Ure, north of Masham Bridge, looking almost due south to the town and Church of Masham. The sketch includes some figures sitting in the field above the Clifton road, bottom right.
This subject is out of sequence in relation to Turner’s itinerary. The sketches of York end raggedly across several pages of the sketchbook, with numerous blanks in between. Turner’s itinerary took him from York to Boroughbridge, Ripon and thence to Masham, where he presumably went back to his blank pages to use up the gaps.
The Yorkshire 3 sketchbook used on the same tour of 1816 has a similar view from a lower standpoint (Tate D11397; Turner Bequest CXLVI 18).

David Hill
January 2009

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