J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Bridge and a Gothic Tower c.1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Bridge and a Gothic Tower c.1830
Turner Bequest CCLXI 107
Pencil on blue wove paper, 191 x 134 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCLXI 107’ top right, ascending vertically
Inscribed in ink ‘107’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In the centre of the lower half of the sketch is a figure wearing a dark coat; beyond him or her is a long bridge with several arches. On the other side of this crossing is a tall tower ornamented with fine Gothic features. To the right, though on which side of the river is unclear, is a tall tree.
For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section Introduction.
Blank except for inscriptions. Traces of white strips of paper along the edges of the sheet indicate an earlier mount. Inscribed in pencil ‘D25079’ towards bottom left, ascending vertically ascending. Inscribed in pencil, but partially obscured by the pasted paper, ‘232 | [...]’ bottom left, ascending vertically.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘A Bridge and a Gothic Tower c.1830 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2019, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2023, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-bridge-and-a-gothic-tower-r1202184, accessed 17 April 2024.