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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A River with Bridges in the Foreground and the Distance, Probably in South-West Devon 1813

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 250 Verso:
A River with Bridges in the Foreground and the Distance, Probably in South-West Devon 1813
D09426
Turner Bequest CXXXI 161a
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 157 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, this drawing is part of a sequence working in from the back cover of the sketchbook, which correlates with accounts of a voyage Turner and others made from Plymouth south-east to Burgh Island, returning by land towards Plymouth. The sequence begins on folio 275 (D09476; Turner Bequest CXXXI 186a), under which the overall trip is discussed, and may extend as far as folio 228 verso (Tate D09382; Turner Bequest CXXXI 139a). This is the second drawing following that of Kingsbridge on folio 252 verso (D09430; Turner Bequest CXXXI 163a) and is perhaps on the River Avon or the River Erme a few miles north-west of the town, but the precise subject awaits identification. There is a more detailed version of what seems to be the same view on folio 251 recto opposite (D09428; Turner Bequest CXXXI 162a).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A River with Bridges in the Foreground and the Distance, Probably in South-West Devon 1813 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-river-with-bridges-in-the-foreground-and-the-distance-r1148156, accessed 04 March 2021.