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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Manchester, ?Blackfriar's Bridge 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 35 Verso:
Manchester, ?Blackfriar’s Bridge 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXV 35a
Pencil on white wove paper, 59 x 96 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of several sketches in this book of the bridges and mills on the River Irwell at Manchester. This may be Blackfriar’s Bridge, though the absence of the Doric piers suggests it could be the old bridge that was later replaced with Victoria Bridge near Manchester Cathedral. Beyond the bridge are a jumble of factories and mills and the tower of a church that can be seen in several of Turner’s other sketches; see folio 34 verso (D25703) for references.

Thomas Ardill
September 2011

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Manchester, ?Blackfriar’s Bridge 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2011, 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-manchester-blackfriars-bridge-r1134069, accessed 08 December 2021.