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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Three-Arched Bridge with a Church Beyond c.1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Three-Arched Bridge with a Church Beyond c.1797
D00707
Turner Bequest XXIX B
Pencil and wash on white laid paper, 78 x 122 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XXIX B’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg doubted Turner’s authorship1 of this little drawing in grey and brown washes, an opinion supported by Turner scholar C.F. Bell.2 However, both this and Tate D00708 (Turner Bequest XXIX C), of which they were equally suspicious, seem perfectly convincing; neither is by Thomas Girtin (1775–1802).
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.58.
2
Undated MS note by Bell (died 1966) in a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.58.
Technical notes:
As with Tate D00708 and D00709 (Turner Bequest XXIX C, D) the drawing was mounted on thin buff card until recent conservation.
Verso:
Blank; not stamped

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Three-Arched Bridge with a Church Beyond c.1797 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, 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-three-arched-bridge-with-a-church-beyond-r1174999, accessed 25 September 2021.