Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of Walton and ?Maidenhead Bridges


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 259 × 367 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XCV 22

Catalogue entry

This is a left-hand page from the sketchbook; the matching right-hand page is D40382. The top-left drawing is a composition study for the painting Walton Bridges possibly exhibited in Turner’s Gallery in 1806 (the Loyd Collection).1 Alongside it on the right is another variant. These develop sketches of Walton Bridges made probably at the same time in Turner’s Hesperides (2) sketchbook (Tate D05845–D05904; D40637; D41506; Turner Bequest XCIV). See also Tate D05927; Turner Bequest XCV 23 for another drawing from the present sketchbook, also used for the picture but looking like another view made on the spot. Hill suggests Maidenhead Bridge for the third subject on the lower portion of the present leaf, on comparison with a watercolour by John Warwick Smith with Agnew’s, London in 1980, and a view (‘Perhaps Kew Bridge’ according to Finberg) in the later (1823–4) River sketchbook (Tate D17788; Turner Bequest CCIV 11).
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.47–8 no.60 (pl.70).
Blank. Laid down.

David Blayney Brown
February 2009

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