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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Town with a Clock Tower, a Church Spire and a Bridge c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Town with a Clock Tower, a Church Spire and a Bridge c.1824
D20379
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 83
Chalk and pencil on blue wove paper, 140 x 194 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCXXIV 83’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
At the centre of this lively sketch is a stone bridge with three arches, connecting two sides of a town separated by a river. Rows of trees run along the banks of this river. Among the tall buildings to the left is a clock tower. More buildings are situated to the right, including a tower with a tented roof suggesting a church’s spire. Three hills loom in the distance.
For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section Introduction.
Verso:
Blank except for inscriptions. Inscribed in pencil ‘83’ bottom right, ascending vertically, and ‘99 | O’ bottom right.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘A Town with a Clock Tower, a Church Spire and a Bridge c.1824 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-town-with-a-clock-tower-a-church-spire-and-a-bridge-r1202121, accessed 23 April 2024.