Joseph Mallord William Turner

Warwick from the Warwick and Napton Canal Aqueduct over the River Avon

1830

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 120 x 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22084
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 56 a

Catalogue entry

The sketches on adjacent pages mostly show Tamworth, but Finberg’s firm identification of the present view as among them incorrect. In fact the main view is of Warwick, with the distinctive profile of the castle, the spire of St Nicholas’s Church and the tower of St Mary’s, seen west-south-west from the three arches of the late eighteenth-century stone aqueduct carrying the Warwick and Napton Canal (now part of the Grand Union Canal) across the River Avon.1
There is a smaller view at the top left, which appears to show the aqueduct from the east. For several other views of Warwick earlier in this sketchbook, see under folio 38 verso (D22047). Another drawing showing a canal aqueduct is the view of Tamworth on folio 54 verso (D22076; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 53a).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
See ‘Avon Aqueduct, Warwick’, Our Transport Heritage, accessed 12 June 2013, http://www.transportheritage.com/find-heritage-locations.html?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=144&sobi2Id=772.

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