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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A River Scene with Trees and a Bridge c.1825

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Recto:
A River Scene with Trees and a Bridge c.1825
Turner Bequest CCXII 9
Watercolour on white wove paper, 114 x 188 mm
Part watermark ‘lee | 19’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘9’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXII – 9’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is the first of a sequence of twenty-five recto pages of watercolour landscape, sea and sky compositions, many of which evoke quiet Thames Valley scenes. The last is on folio 34 recto (D18638); for a checklist and general comments, see the sketchbook’s Introduction. Here the economy of means, the stark contrasts in tonality and the extensive areas of paper left bare in the foreground below the silhouetted bridge and the dark reflection of the trees give a sense of immediacy and contre-jour glare from the bright sky and light reflected off the river.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A River Scene with Trees and a Bridge c.1825 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-river-scene-with-trees-and-a-bridge-r1172726, accessed 22 May 2024.