Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prebends’ Bridge and the Watergate, Durham


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 116 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLVII 10

Catalogue entry

Turner’s viewpoint is the wooded slopes across the River Wear from Durham Cathedral, looking south-east. In the trees to the left of the distant bridge is the arch of the Watergate on South Bailey; a small figure is indicated among the trees on the right. The foliage and skyline of buildings on the left continue a little way onto folio 9 verso opposite (D12329). The bridge and arch also appear on folio 7 recto (D12326), and there is a similar view in the 1801 Helmsley sketchbook (Tate D02485, D02486; Turner Bequest LIII 16a–17).
This is one of a continuous run of drawings of Durham, beginning on folio 6 recto (D12325) and concluding on folio 14 recto (D12334), with one further sketch on folio 76 verso (D12414). For Turner’s other visits to the city, see the entry for D12325.

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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