Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tummel Bridge from the North-East

1801

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41441

Catalogue entry

The bridge is one of the forty that General George Wade constructed in the course of his programme of road–building in the Highlands in the years following the Jacobite rebellion of 1715; see the Introduction to the Scotch Lakes sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest LVI). It was built in 1733, carrying the road from Crieff to Dalnacardoch, and its elegant arch rearing out of the Highland wilderness formed a motif that Turner found pictorially irresistible. He drew it again on Tate D03418 and D03419 (Turner Bequest LVIII 39, 40).
This drawing is on the verso of a ‘Scottish Pencils’ composition (Tate D03417; Turner Bequest LVIII 38).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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