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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Bridgnorth from the North-East ?1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Verso:
Bridgnorth from the North-East ?1831
Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 11a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 191 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject was identified as ‘Bridgenorth’ (sic) rather than Shrewsbury (as suggested in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory) by Finberg himself (died 1939) and the watercolour and Turner scholar C.F. Bell (died 1966) in undated manuscript notes in copies of the Inventory.1 The view is across the River Severn in the vicinity of Bandon Lane, looking west to the tower of Bridgnorth’s St Leonard’s Church, and south-west to the dome of St Mary Magdalene’s. Apart from a row of trees hiding some of the buildings on the opposite bank, the view remains much the same; it is continued almost half-way across folio 12 recto opposite (D22171). There is a similar view, focusing of St Leonard’s Church, on folio 75 recto (D22287; Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 74).
For other views of Bridgnorth, see under folio 1 recto (D22151).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

A.J. Finberg, undated MS notes in a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.II, p.733; C.F. Bell, undated MS notes in another copy at the same location, vol.II, p.733.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Bridgnorth from the North-East ?1831 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-bridgnorth-from-the-north-east-r1148816, accessed 18 September 2021.