Joseph Mallord William Turner

Wakefield: The Bridge and Chantry


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 274 × 370 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXXV 1 a

Catalogue entry

The subject was drawn with the page turned horizontally. Another study of the bridge at Wakefield is in the contemporary North of England sketchbook (Tate D00915; Turner Bequest XXXV 10). It prompted a finished watercolour, now in the British Museum, London.1 The chantry was built in about 1350, as a shrine where tolls could be collected to pay for the bridge. Another such chapel, nearby at Rotherham, is the subject of Turner’s drawing on folio 3 recto (D01003; Turner Bequest XXXV 1). A small view of Wakefield after Turner was engraved and published in Walker’s Copper-Plate Magazine, in June 1798 (Tate impression: T05903). That watercolour is untraced;2 it is a completely different view from either this or the drawing in the North of England book and must be assumed to have been based on another artist’s work. There is a larger pencil study of the subject as recorded in the North of England book on a loose sheet (Tate D01095; Turner Bequest XXXVI A).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.326 no.241, reproduced.
Ibid., p.312 no.101.
Technical notes:
There are smears of grey and yellow colour along the outer edge of the leaf.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

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