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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Rochester Bridge and Castle c.1805-9

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 73 Verso:
Rochester Bridge and Castle circa 1805–9
Turner Bequest XCIX 69a
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 115 x 190 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Rochester’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. A very slight sketch, this nevertheless represents Rochester and the original, eleven-arched medieval stone bridge over the River Medway. The view is towards Strood and Chatham with the Great Lines above. Another distant view of Rochester is on folio 74 verso of the sketchbook (D06482; Turner Bequest XCIX 70a).

David Blayney Brown
March 2009

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Rochester Bridge and Castle c.1805–9 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2009, 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-rochester-bridge-and-castle-r1130676, accessed 15 October 2019.