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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Barges, Laden with Hay, Passing under a Bridge c.1825

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 15 Recto:
Barges, Laden with Hay, Passing under a Bridge c.1825
Turner Bequest CCXII 15
Watercolour on white wove paper, 114 x 188 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘15’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXII – 15’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of a sequence of twenty-five recto pages of watercolour landscape, sea and sky compositions between folio 9 recto (D18609) and folio 34 recto (D18638), many of which evoke quiet Thames Valley scenes with water in the foreground; for a checklist and general comments, see the sketchbook’s Introduction. In this barely developed subject, a barge laden with hay is seen through the arch of a bridge on the left, with a larger version of the barge alone on the right; compare the similar treatment on folio 14 recto, and another barge in an open river setting on folio 16 recto (D18616, D18618).
Blank, save for slight watercolour offsetting from folio 16 recto opposite (D18618).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Barges, Laden with Hay, Passing under 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-barges-laden-with-hay-passing-under-a-bridge-r1172734, accessed 25 June 2024.