Joseph Mallord William Turner

Stirling: The Old Bridge over the Forth

1801

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 184 × 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03227
Turner Bequest LVI 160 a

Catalogue entry

This very slight sketch is continued on folio 163 recto opposite (D03228; Turner Bequest LVI 161). The Old Bridge had been built in stone in the fifteenth century on the site of a much earlier wooden bridge that gave its name to a famous battle against the English. Turner’s rapid sketch clearly shows its general form, with four arches separated by triangular cutwaters. He probably stood on the bridge itself to make the drawing on folios163 verso–164 recto (D03229–D03230; Turner Bequest LVI 161a–162).
For other views of Stirling and general comments, see under folio 150 verso (D03203; Turner Bequest LVI 148a).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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