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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Bridge and Church of Bromfield, Shropshire 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 39 Recto:
The Bridge and Church of Bromfield, Shropshire 1798
D01455
Turner Bequest XXXIX 91
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 170 x 266 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘W’ towards top left, on church wall
Inscribed in red ink ‘91’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XXXIX 91’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject was recorded with the page turned horizontally. A finished watercolour based on this drawing (private collection)1 has been known as ‘Bedlington, Northumberland’, but this subject is certainly Bromfield, just north-west of Ludlow in Shropshire.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.326 no.242, as ‘Bedlington, on the River Blyth, near Morpeth’, c.1798.

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘The Bridge and Church of Bromfield, Shropshire 1798 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-bridge-and-church-of-bromfield-shropshire-r1173622, accessed 19 January 2022.