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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Polson Bridge, near Launceston 1814

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 77 Recto:
Polson Bridge, near Launceston 1814
Turner Bequest CXXXIV 33
Pencil on white wove paper with gilt edges, 179 x 254 mm
Inscribed by Turner ‘Red’ on bridge centre right, and ‘Br[...] Wherry’ bottom right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXXIV – 33’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Polson Bridge is about a mile and a half east of Launceston on the River Tamar. The rather makeshift-looking bridge is here seen from the west. It has since been replaced but the original structure is shown in Joseph Farington’s 1813 engraving Poulton Bridge and Launceston (impression: Government Art Collection, London), which corresponds with the view from the other side, looking towards Launceston, on folio 78 recto (D09826; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 34).
The bridge is mentioned in a note in the contemporary Devon Rivers, No.2 sketchbook (Tate D09732; Turner Bequest CXXXIII 51a). For closer views of Launceston Castle and the surrounding town, see under folio 70 recto (D09873; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 72).

Matthew Imms
July 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Polson Bridge, near Launceston 1814 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 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-polson-bridge-near-launceston-r1147437, accessed 19 January 2022.