Joseph Mallord William Turner

Trees by the River Thames at Barnes, with Hammersmith Bridge in the Distance; Buildings beyond a Canal Bridge, Possibly in the Midlands

c.1827–30

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22451
Turner Bequest CCXL 67

Catalogue entry

There are two sketches here, both of which extend across folio 66 verso opposite (D22450). Below, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, is a view of the wooded banks of the River Thames with Hammersmith Bridge in the distance to the north-west (on the other page). As discussed under folio 58 verso (D22434), where other Hammersmith views are mentioned, Turner’s studies of the bridge seem to have a rather provisional air, and may show it still under construction before its October 1827 opening.
Above, made with the pages turned the other way up, is a view of a bridge with at least three arches (on the other page, where Turner indicates a ‘Canal’ in the foreground), with various buildings beyond, including what may be a church tower with a cupola. It is possible that this is a later study, made on the 1830 tour of the Midlands for which Turner used most of the rest of this sketchbook.

Matthew Imms
August 2013

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