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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Landscape, with Bridge 1821-2

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 87 Verso:
Landscape, with Bridge 1821–2
Turner Bequest CC 87a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Blindstamped with the Turner Bequest stamp top right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This slight sketch, made with the book inverted, belongs to a small series of composition studies that combine Claudian prototypes with French scenery, both sketched during a visit to France in 1821. A possible prototype for this study, which contains a similar arched bridge, is Claude Lorrain’s painting, Landscape with Rural Dance, 1639 (Louvre, Paris) which Turner copied in the Dieppe, Rouen and Paris sketchbook (Tate D24561; CCLVIII 32a).1 The sketch may also relate to studies on folios 89 and 90 verso (D17666, D13669) which contain similar looking bridges.
A tear has been repaired at the top right of the page.

Thomas Ardill
November 2008

Ian Warrell, Blandine Chavanne and Michael Kitson, Turner et le Lorrain, exhibition catalogue, Musée des beaux-arts, Nancy 2002, pp.120, 193.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Landscape, with Bridge 1821–2 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2008, 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-landscape-with-bridge-r1133004, accessed 23 April 2021.