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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Oakfordbridge on the River Exe 1814

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Recto:
?Oakfordbridge on the River Exe 1814
Turner Bequest CXXXII 6
Pencil on white wove paper, 90 x 152 mm
Part watermark ‘Iv
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘6’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXXII – 6’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Oakfordbridge, a wooden bridge on stone piers a little east of Oakford and a few miles upriver on the Exe from Tiverton (see the contemporary Devon Rivers, No.2 sketchbook; Tate D09768, D09769; Turner Bequest CXXXIII 73a, 74), is shown in an 1819 aquatint after H. Haseler and an 1827 etching by F.C. Lewis (Westcountry Studies Library, Exeter), where it appears similar to the structure sketched here. Tiverton was possibly the starting and end point of Turner’s 1814 tour (see the overall Introduction).

Matthew Imms
June 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘?Oakfordbridge on the River Exe 1814 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-oakfordbridge-on-the-river-exe-r1147029, accessed 25 July 2021.