Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketch Map of Roads and Towns near Malvern


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 259 × 191 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Catalogue entry

In addition to the map, Turner has compiled a related list of distances in pencil at the top right:
Hereford     20 
Ledbury   -  16 
Colwall       4 
Malvern       2 
Worcester     9 
Upton    –    9 
Tewksbury     6 
Finberg considered the reference to Mr Arrowsmith an indication of Turner’s point of departure for the journeys suggested by the map, which includes straight lines or ‘roads’ radiating to the various towns from a centre in Worcester. But the name may refer to Aaron Arrowsmith (1750–1823), a mapmaker in Long Acre, Covent Garden, from 1790, whom Turner may have consulted before beginning his tour. See Tate D00193 (Turner Bequest XVII R) for another reference probably to the same person. The distances given in the table are those between the towns and villages named, when visited in the sequence of the list. Part of the map is repeated in the opposite half of the leaf (D40268) and inscribed: ‘Collwall | Ledbury | Hereford’.
Technical notes:
For an overview of the various works on this folded sheet, see under D00153 (Turner Bequest XIII H a). The other side of the present section is D40269.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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