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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Rhayader Gwy Bridge over the River Wye ?1795

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Rhayader Gwy Bridge over the River Wye ?1795
Turner Bequest XXVIII T
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 331 x 443 mm
Watermark ‘1794 | J WHATMAN’ (trimmed)
Stamped in black ‘XXVIII – T’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This watercolour is apparently a copy or adaptation of a drawing now in the National Museum Wales, Cardiff,1 which, although it bears Turner’s signature, is more probably the work of Edward Dayes (1763–1804). It demonstrates the considerably more sophisticated artistry that Turner could already deploy in handling such Picturesque subjects. The lively invention of appropriate figures is particularly noteworthy.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.310 no.81, reproduced.
Blank; not stamped; stained and creased; a tear measuring approximately 45 mm at top right edge has been repaired.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Rhayader Gwy Bridge over the River Wye ?1795 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, 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-rhayader-gwy-bridge-over-the-river-wye-r1141184, accessed 16 January 2021.