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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Cassiobury Park, Watford, from Iron Bridge Lock on the Grand Union Canal 1809

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Cassiobury Park, Watford, from Iron Bridge Lock on the Grand Union Canal 1809
D12246
Turner Bequest CLV 5a
Pencil on white wove paper, 186 x 231 mm (top and bottom right corners missing)
Inscribed ?by one of the Executors of the Turner Bequest in pencil ‘Sched 164.14 (13 cut out)’ bottom left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is a view of Cassiobury Park, near Watford, from the north-west, at Iron Bridge Lock on the Grand Union Canal. The lower lock gate is in the left foreground and the bridge (actually of brick) is to the right. Turner sketched the same scene on the recto (D12245; Turner Bequest CLV 5; see catalogue note for the subject and related work), but from a few yards nearer the canal and without the figures and horses. For the canal, see note to D12241; Turner Bequest CLV 2.
The inscription, lower left, refers to the original order of the pages. The majority of pages in this sketchbook are similarly inscribed (for the significance of this see notes to D12241, D12244; Turner Bequest CLV 2, 4a). The inscription in this case additionally tells us that at the time when the original schedule of the Bequest was drawn up, one page between this and the original page 12(D12247; Turner Bequest CLV 6) had already been removed [‘cut out’]. This must presumably be identifiable with one of the few leaves that are not inscribed in this manner.

David Hill
June 2009

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Cassiobury Park, Watford, from Iron Bridge Lock on the Grand Union Canal 1809 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-cassiobury-park-watford-from-iron-bridge-lock-on-the-grand-r1134658, accessed 25 October 2021.