Joseph Mallord William Turner

Wooded Landscapes; Part of a Span of a Bridge

c.1823–4

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 190 × 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17806
Turner Bequest CCIV 26 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, Turner has used the upper half for two rapid, slight studies of trees, framed by pencil lines. At the bottom right relative to them, drawn with the page turned horizontally, is the elevation of half a span of an elaborate stone bridge with a carved figure beside a roundel in the spandrel. It has yet to be identified but, assuming it is not a figment of Turner’s imagination, it may have been on the River Thames. For views on the river, see under folio 2 recto (D17775).
Technical notes:
Finberg noted: ‘Part of leaf torn.’1 A large piece of the one outer corner, up to 73 x 43 mm, has been made good with modern, off-white wove paper.

Matthew Imms
November 2014

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.618.

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