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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Bristol: Shipping at a Wharf, with Buildings Beyond 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Verso:
Bristol: Shipping at a Wharf, with Buildings Beyond 1798
D01701
Turner Bequest XLII 26
Pencil and gouache on buff laid paper, 174 x 125 mm
Stamped in black ‘XLII – 26’ bottom left
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject is continued on folio 14 recto opposite (D01702; Turner Bequest XLII 27). The inscription at top right of that page confirms the evidence of the two stumpy towers visible beyond the shipping at the right, one of which may be the tower of St Mary Redcliffe Church, the other a large kiln. Both kiln and church tower appear in a watercolour of about 1802 by John Sell Cotman (1782–1842), St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol: Dawn (British Museum, London, 1859–528–117).1
Another view of shipping at Bristol is on folios 14 verso–15 recto (D01703–D01704; Turner Bequest XLII 28–29).

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

1
Andrew Wilton and Anne Lyles, The Great Age of British Watercolours, 1750–1880, exhibition catalogue, Royal Academy of Arts, London 1993, p.301 no.38, pl.42 (colour).

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Bristol: Shipping at a Wharf, with Buildings Beyond 1798 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-bristol-shipping-at-a-wharf-with-buildings-beyond-r1173897, accessed 24 November 2020.