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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Llangollen: Bridge over the River Dee 1808

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 77 Verso:
Llangollen: Bridge over the River Dee 1808
Turner Bequest CIV 76a
Pencil on white laid paper, 98 x 162 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Corn’ lower left of centre and ‘Light’ right of centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn with the sketchbook inverted, this subject continues on folio 78 of the sketchbook (D06961; Turner Bequest CIV 77). See Introduction for Turner’s travels in North Wales in 1808, and his fondness for fishing. The subject is likely to be Llangollen, of which there are probably further views on folios 79 verso, 80 verso, 81 verso, 82 verso and 83 verso (D06964, D06966, D06968, D06970, D06972; Turner Bequest CIV 78a, 79a, 80a, 81a, 82a). As all these are drawn with the book inverted, Turner may have been working from the back of it at this point.
Turner’s note indicates shafts of sunlight, falling right of centre.

David Blayney Brown
May 2010

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Llangollen: Bridge over the River Dee 1808 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2010, 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-llangollen-bridge-over-the-river-dee-r1133716, accessed 10 December 2019.