Joseph Mallord William Turner

New Bridge, Gunnislake, from the Tamar Valley

1814

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 x 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09626
Turner Bequest CXXXII 125

Catalogue entry

Diana Cook and Dorothy Kirk first reproduced this drawing without disputing Finberg’s identification, but in discussing it and several other views (folios 117 verso, 123 recto and 131 recto; D09611, D09622, D09637) they noted that ‘Cornish granite bridges ... are remarkably similar in design’ and suggest that as well as New Bridge at Gunnislake, Turner probably drew Greystone Bridge and Horsebridge,1 a few miles up the Tamar. Later they noted that Turner ‘seems to be looking upstream’ towards Gunnislake;2 in the absence of a stronger claimant, there seems little reason to dispute this.
For other views along the Tamar Valley, see under folio 114 verso (D09606).

Matthew Imms
June 2014

1
Cook and Kirk 2001, p.29; see modern photographs of Horesebridge and Newbridge, pp.29 and 30 respectively.
2
Cook and Kirk 2009, p.44.

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