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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Crickhowell: General View of the Town from the Bridge over the Usk 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 25 Verso:
Crickhowell: General View of the Town from the Bridge over the Usk 1798
D01502
Turner Bequest XL 23a
Pencil on white wove paper, 135 x 95 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘70’ top left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘XL – 23 a’ bottom left
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The large church with its conspicuous spire to the left of this drawing closely resembles St Edmund’s, Crickhowell, one of the largest churches in this part of Wales, and one of the few to possess a spire. Turner would have passed through the town on his way up-river from Abergavenny to Brecon. The subject is continued on folio 26 recto opposite (D01503; Turner Bequest XL 24). See also folios 47 verso–48 recto (D01539–D01540; Turner Bequest XL 45a–46).
For another drawing from this tour possibly showing the Usk at Crickhowell, see the Swans sketchbook (Tate D01697–D01698; Turner Bequest XLII 22–23).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Crickhowell: General View of the Town from the Bridge over the Usk 1798 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 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-crickhowell-general-view-of-the-town-from-the-bridge-over-r1173741, accessed 22 September 2019.