256. [N05505] Valley with a Distant Bridge and Tower c. 1825
THE TATE GALLERY, LONDON (5505)
Canvas, 35 7/8 × 48 1/8 (91 × 122)
Coll. Turner Bequest 1856; transferred to the Tate Gallery 1947.
Exh. Arts Council tour 1952 (7).
Lit. Davies 1946, p. 162.
An unfinished oil with few parallels in Turner's work; perhaps the nearest is Evening Landscape, Chichester Canal (No. 282 [N05563]), also tentatively dated to c. 1825. There are other parallels, rather more developed in style it would seem, among the Italian sketches of 1828, e.g. Nos. 318–24; the scene here is possibly but not necessarily Italian.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984